LONGMONT — The Longmont girls soccer team has been goal-starved much of the season, but in the last week or so it has discovered how to tickle the twine on a fairly regular basis.
The Trojans have been shut out seven times this year, but the floodgates have started to open recently to the point that they’ve scored 10 times in the last four games.
On Tuesday night against rival Niwot, LHS tallied twice in the first 29 minutes and recorded a 3-0 victory in its home finale at Everly-Montgomery Field, where rain and wind made for a miserable second half.
“It’s Niwot,” Trojans coach Allison Douthit explained. “It’s probably our biggest rivalry. The girls have known each other for years. They always come out to play. Last year we struggled against them (losing 3-0). That was one of our bad games. We were ready to play this year because we were not going to let that happen two years in a row.”
Longmont is 5-7-2 this year (3-4 in the Northern League) and in all likelihood will play its season finale Friday at Prairie View. But the Trojans can take some consolation in winning three of their last four games, all by shutouts and considerable margins.
Their one loss during that stretch was a 1-0 decision to Silver Creek in which the Raptors scored in the final minute.
“Our determination has risen,” senior Lexie Marr said. “Our forwards have been making the perfect runs, midfield has been working together more and we’ve been communicating a lot better.”
Marr and fellow senior Ella Fallon scored in the final home game of their high school careers, while junior Maria Romo added a goal. Romo and seniors Reina Morrison and Molly Schwartz recorded assists.
The strong performance by Longmont likely ended the state playoff hopes for Niwot (6-6-1, 2-3-1) — at least in the estimation of coach Jeremy Drake.
“Our season is pretty much over now,” said Drake, whose NHS squad will play at Thompson Valley on Thursday. “We’re not making the playoffs for the first time in as long as I can remember. I don’t want to blame anybody. It happened, it sucks and it’s over.
“Longmont played a heck of a game. I’ve got to hand it to them.”
With a six-save effort by sophomore goalkeeper Grace Hamm, and some solid play by the defense, the Trojans shut out an opponent for the sixth time this season. Niwot came in averaging 2.4 goals per game.
Offensively, after having just six goals in its first 10 games, Longmont has managed 10 scores in the last four despite being blanked by Silver Creek last week.
LHS didn’t take long to get on the board Tuesday. After a corner kick by Morrison was deflected back out to her, she took a shot that rebounded from the goal mouth, where Marr struck net from a few yards out.
Eighteen minutes later, the Trojans tallied again on another set piece. Schwartz sent a free kick from about 50 yards to just in front of the goal, where the ball bounced and was ticked over the line by Romo to put Longmont up 2-0.
In the weather-marred second half, Niwot had some nice opportunities, but was always just a little off the mark. And Fallon capped the scoring for Longmont in the 83rd minute.
“It just feels great to do this, especially against Niwot,” said Marr, who called it the most satisfying contest of the season. “It was an amazing game. Our team’s last game here was awesome.”
Longmont 3, Niwot 0
At Everly-Montgomery Field
Niwot (6-6-1, 2-3-1) 0 0 — 0
Longmont (5-7-2, 3-4) 2 1 — 3
Goals (assists) — Longmont: Marr (Morrison), 11th minute: Romo (Molly Schwartz), 29th minute; Fallon (Romo), 83rd minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Niwot: Aguayo (80-3-3); Longmont: Hamm (80-0-6).