LONGMONT — With her superb reflexes and focused vision, Liz Cameron always takes some good natured ribbing from her Longmont teammates.
Cameron showed off some of those cat-like reflexes on Wednesday, scoring the lone goal of the the match against cross-town rival Skyline in the 17th minute to lead Longmont to a 1-0 win.
The Trojans moved to 4-0 overall.
“That was a fun way to show it,” said Cameron, who was playing out of position when she bagged her first goal of the season. “I’ve never played that side, but coach (Mike DiGiallonardo) likes me on the outside because I can make those cuts in and I can see those runs.”
Early on it looked like it just wasn’t going to be Longmont’s day. The Trojans forced the issue offensively against a Falcons team that was missing several players due to injury or illness.
In the fourth minute, Longmont’s Laura McConahy ripped a ball off the cross bar above Falcons keeper Rebecca Kissinger. The rebound came down to Katie Waugaman, who found herself with as close to a sure thing as you are going to get, but she was unable to finish. Her shot hit the post and bounced away.
“Crossbars are always really scary and you wonder how when you have such a big target that you always hit the post,” Cameron said.
The goal came via hard work in the corner from Lydia Pane. The senior midfielder worked free from two Skyline defenders and sent a cross into the box that a sliding and twisting Cameron tucked back inside the near post.
“I was kind of busy spinning that I didn’t really see it go in,” said Cameron, “and then I heard everyone react.”
The goal was especially rewarding for Cameron, not only because of the cross-town rivalry, but she was able to get back at her former Storm club and current Skyline coach Luis Chavez.
“I always like beating him,” she said.
Said Chavez, whose team dropped to 3-2-1 on the season: “At the beginning, I ask ‘Are you hurt?’ and she says ‘You wish I was hurt,’ and I said ‘No, I look forward to watching you play.'”
The Falcons played a lot better in the second half, but were unable to string together any quality runs the would produce any good looks at Longmont goalie Kaylah Waddle. The Falcons finished with four shots on goal, and none of them really threatened to go in.
Despite the win, DiGiallonardo knows his team still has some things to work on, but was more than pleased his team rose to the occasion against the Falcons.
“We struggled putting the ball to feet and we seemed to be one step behind every time,” said DiGiallonardo, whose defense has yet to surrender a goal this season. “Those ladies work hard, they are a great group, they work well together and they communicate.”
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Longmont 1, Skyline 0
Longmont (4-0) 1 0 — 1
Skyline (3-2-1) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — L: Liz Cameron (Lydia Pane), 17th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — L: Kaylah Waddle (80-0-4); S: Rebecca Kissinger (80-1-9).