Girls soccer: Longmont stays perfect with 1-0 win against Mead

LONGMONT — Garnering any sort of respect in the soccer world takes time.

That is especially true in Class 4A, where the usual suspects — Cheyenne Mountain, Lewis-Palmer and Broomfield, among others — are always hanging around the top of the state’s rankings.

Let the voters be on notice that Longmont, which improved to 5-0 overall on Monday night with a 1-0 win over previously unbeaten Mead at Everly Montgomery Stadium, should at least be in the conversation.

“I know what my girls have done and to me, in my heart, they are better than what they are being portrayed,” Longmont coach Mike DiGiallonardo said. “It’s a great group of girls that works hard every day.”

The Trojans’ defense, presented with possibly its toughest task to date in Mead’s speedy strikers, was more than up to the challenge. Longmont, which hasn’t allowed a goal all season, did one better against the Mavericks by not allowing them a single shot on goal.

“They’ve got a lot of speed up front and just a lot more physical team than what we’ve come up against this year,” DiGiallonardo said. “Again, I’ve got to hand it off to my defense, they are awesome back there.”

Starting goalkeeper Maria Romo, who injured her ankle the second day of tryouts, played her first game and while she didn’t face any legitimate shots, she was on her toes when the Mavericks (6-1) made some timely crosses into the box.

Longmont would get all that it needed offensively in the third minute. Laura McConahy set up an oncoming Courtney McDonald at the top of the 18-yard line and the junior midfielder ripped a shot into the top shelf that Mavericks goalie Shayna Maypole couldn’t even react to.

“We’ve been working on placing it at the top of the box because the midfielders are always open it seems like,” said McDonald, who scored her third goal of the season. “I saw the opportunity and luckily my teammate saw me, heard me, and got the ball to me.”

The Trojans controlled a good 80 percent of the possession and had chances to extend on their lead, but couldn’t connect. Katie Waugaman had a blast in the 11th minute was pushed over the bar by Maypole and another deflected away on a great save in the 67th.

McDonald missed a shot high and wide in the 20th minute.

Mead’s best chance to equalize came in the closing minute of the first half when they were awarded a direct free kick from 30 yards out. Sophomore Maddie Kessler’s shot sailed high and wide.

“They beat us to a lot of balls and they play a very quick paced game,” Mead coach Mike Schulz said. “We didn’t capitalize on the few opportunities that we had. Our defense really kept us in this game tonight.”

The Trojans will host 5A Poudre on Wednesday before its spring break layoff. Mead will try and bounce back with a tough Tri-Valley League match on Wednesday at home against Skyline.

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Longmont 1, Mead 0

At Everly Montgomery Stadium

Mead (6-1) — 0

Longmont (5-0) — 1

Goals (assists) — Longmont: Courtney McDonald (Laura McConahy), 3rd minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Shayna Maypole (80-1-9); Longmont: Maria Romo (80-0-0).