LONGMONT — For a brief moment Saturday, Emil Lundoe appeared to have Longmont soccer on the way to getting back on the winning track.
The Danish exchange student gave his team an early lead at Everly-Montgomery Field, finding his touch early in the second half. But as quickly as Lundoe had things going the Trojans’ way against Class 5A Poudre, the match slipped away.
The Impalas produced four consecutive goals to win the match 4-1. There was little the lanky striker could do after the Trojans loss other than shake his head.
“We kind of just gave up once the other team got its first goal,” Lundoe said. “That’s all it took and then they were up by four.”
The stretch Lundoe is referring to came immediately after he gave Longmont (3-5, 2-2) its first and only lead of the afternoon in the 48th minute. From that point the Impalas (6-1-1, 1-1-1) exploded.
Francisco Hernandez lit the fuse on Poudre’s attack, equalizing the game 2 minutes after the Trojans’ score. Then Hector Rodriguez took over, scoring the first of his three goals of the afternoon in the next 8 minutes.
Troubling as Rodriguez’s goal scoring was, it was Hernandez’s direct kick to start the run that spelled trouble to Pat Laughlin.
“It was a mistake by our keeper,” the Longmont coach said. “If he kept his head up, it’s most likely a blocked shot.”
The situation and result fell in line with much of what has troubled the Trojans this season, the coach said. It was especially hard for him to take against Poudre, considering how his team had played up to the point Poudre scored.
“We controlled the possession and had some good looks in the first 50 minutes,” the coach said. “I even think that we had the momentum after we scored.”
Lundoe thinks he has an idea of what is plaguing his team and it certainly is not a lack of talent.
“It’s mental,” he said. “We play strong for 50, 70 minutes then let down. After that it just takes moments for the other team to get up.”
Laughlin laid down the gauntlet to his team after the game. Believing leadership might be an issue, he had his four captains turn in their armbands and basically put them up for grabs to the players willing to take the Trojans’ reins.
“Hopefully it will be a catalyst for more desire,” he said. “Hopefully they’ll step up come Monday. I believe they will.”
Even though Longmont still trying to find its footing in the season, the team is not hitting panic button. The team has the better part of the Northern League schedule ahead and Laughlin has faith his team can make noise in its remain games.
“I still believe we can finish in the top three of conference,” he said. “Today just has to be the last lesson.”
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Poudre 4, Longmont 1
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Poudre (6-1-1, 1-1-1) 0 4 — 4
Home Team (3-5, 2-2) 0 1 — 1
Goals (assists) — Longmont: Emil Lundoe (unassisted), 48th minute; Poudre: Francisco Hernandez (unassisted), 50th minutes; Poudre: Hector Rodriguez (unassisted), 56th minute; Poudre: Hector Rodriguez (unassisted), 58th minute; Poudre: Hector Rodriguez (unassisted), 79th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Poudre: Jerry Alvarez (40-0-2); Nick Schmidt (40-1-2). Longmont: Yovani Hernandez (80-4-8).