Nearly every year, the boys soccer teams at Longmont and Silver Creek have high hopes, and the squads generally find themselves in the playoff mix.
This fall is no different. Silver Creek is 6-1 (4-1 in the Class 4A Northern Conference). Longmont is 4-4 (2-2) and has won three games in row.
Tonight, the two city rivals will meet up at 7 p.m. at Everly-Montgomery Field in the BoCoPreps.com Game of the Week. Every week, readers of BoCoPreps.com have an opportunity to vote on which event will be featured as the Game of the Week.
The Longmont-Silver Creek soccer match was the overwhelming choice this week, receiving 46.4 percent of the votes. It was the first time this fall that a football game was not selected.
Saturday’s Pat Patten Invite cross country meet was second, with 16.4 percent of the votes, while the football game between Legacy and Fairview was third, at 13.6 percent. Longmont at Skyline volleyball, Broomfield at Niwot softball and Resurrection Christian at Lyons football also received votes.
This fall, the Longmont and Silver Creek soccer teams both have new coaches, and neither team has missed a beat.
Silver Creek, under the direction of coach Shane Smith, shut out its first five opponents of the season. After a loss to Broomfield on Sept. 22, the Raptors rebounded to beat Loveland 3-1 in Tuesday. The Raptors have had a balanced scoring attack, with four players netting three goals already. Brian Hardy leads the way with five goals and four assists. Goalie Kyle Kirkland has allowed just one goal in 489 minutes in net.
Longmont is coached by Patrick Laughlin. Longmont started the season at 1-4, but has outscored its past three opponents by a combined 11-3. The Trojans are led in scoring by Ernesto Enriquez, who has eight goals.
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