BROOMFIELD — A late surge Tuesday evening kept the third-ranked Broomfield soccer team at the top of its game in Northern League play.
The Eagles held off Longmont 2-0 at Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium to remain undefeated in conference play.
But it took plenty of patience by Broomfield’s offense to chalk up the win, with the Trojan’s defense stiff enough to thwart their hosts until the 68th minute.
Even then, it required every ounce of opportunism Thomas O’Brien could muster to net Broomfield the game’s first goal.
“The ball came to me off a rebound,” the Eagles’ junior forward said. “I just took a touch inside and hit it far post.”
Colton Lamb put the finishing touches on Longmont (5-7, 2-4) moments later on a similar play to O’Brien’s. The midfielder put the game out of reach on an unassisted attack, netting a rebound in the 78th minute for Broomfield (9-2, 6-0).
The finish ended what had been a frustrating run for Broomfield.
The Eagles came out of halftime with is offense firing on all cylinders, laying seven of its eight shots on frame in the final 40 minutes of play. But even with much of the Eagles’ attack stymied, it did bear fruit in the long run.
The amount of pressure Broomfield’s attack exerted knocked the stuffing out of Longmont’s keeper.
“I think our kids wore (their goalie) down ultimately,” Broomfield coach Jim Davidson said. “We were able to get a lot of free kicks and throw ins, in front of the net and pressure him. But he did well and stood tall.”
Yovani Hernandez and the Longmont keeper’s backfield did plenty to keep their team in the game. The goalie made six saves in his 80 minutes of play, with the junior enduring several Broomfield assaults.
Hernandez’s toughest run came in the final 25 minutes of play when the Eagles had the run of three legitimate scoring opportunities.
Clay Fiscus had a back door header in the 55th minute, Lamb nearly netted the ball on a sliding attack after four crosses in the 63rd minute and Connor Metzger fired a rocket in the 74th minute on a break-away attempt. But each Eagle attack ended the same way, in Hernandez’s clutches.
“He made some great saves,” Longmont coach Pat Laughlin said. “(Broomfield) definitely created more opportunities then we did and (Hernandez) kept us in there.”
Even with strong play by the Trojans’ keeper, Davidson believed his team opened the door to allow Longmont to hang with them. The Eagles have endured close scrapes in their past three outings, the coach believes, due to some inconsistency.
“We just haven’t had all our top players hit in the same game,” he said. “When we do, do that then we should be just fine.”
Broomfield 2, Longmont 0
At Elizabeth Kennedy Stadium
Longmont (5-7, 2-4) 0 0 — 0
Broomfield (9-2, 6-0) 0 2 — 2
Goals (assists) — Broomfield: Thomas O’Brien (unassisted), 68th minute; Broomfield: Colton Lamb (unassisted), 78th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Longmont: Hernandez (80-2-6). Broomfield: Jones (80-0-1).