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Girls soccer: Silver Creek and Longmont play to scoreless draw

Longmont's Meg Tulenko (left) battles with Silver Creek's Jenna Schemmel during the teams' scoreless draw on Thursday
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Longmont’s Meg Tulenko (left) battles with Silver Creek’s Jenna Schemmel during the teams’ scoreless draw on Thursday

LONGMONT — With the soccer season coming quickly to its final stretch, the Silver Creek and Longmont girls teams were in a position Thursday night where even a draw might have taken them out of contention for the Northern League title.

Given the way both the Raptors and Trojans have played defense this year, though, it was no real surprise when 100 minutes of soccer went by at Everly-Montgomery Field without a tally.

Counter after counter, the defenses of both teams collapsed well on the ball inside the 18-yard line, making SCHS keeper Jamie Kirkland and her Longmont counterpart, Maria Romo, the stars of the somewhat-friendly rivalry game.

Kirkland landed 14 saves, with Longmont firing away a lot from long distance, and Romo stopped five shots for the Trojans.

“The score showed how equal our teams are, and you just can’t ask for anything more than the way they played tonight,” said Longmont coach Mike DiGiallonardo, who took over as the girls coach this season. “There were opportunities to win on both sides, but it ended in a tie because there were two great teams.

“Defense tonight was stellar. I think my defense got their confidence and their legs back under them.”

Entering Thursday’s play, Longmont (7-3-1 overall, 2-1-1 in league) had allowed just eight goals, posting six shutouts. On the other side, Silver Creek (6-2-2, 2-2-1) had given up just nine.

Longmont’s Liz Cameron was well aware of just how stingy things could get, but she also trusted her own teammates to keep the game low-scoring. It made for an intense game throughout.

“There’s always times when you’re thankful your goalie is there, and others when you’re thankful that the other team might whiff on a ball, but I think a tie was well-deserved,” Cameron said. “We play well against each other. Last year, they got a goal in the last couple of seconds and we weren’t going to let that happen again.”

Cameron had perhaps the best chance to end the stalemate, as she nailed a solid liner in the 85th minute that was out of Kirkland’s reach but banged off the crossbar.

Most of the Trojans’ shots came from outside the 18, something Kirkland said the Raptors knew they were pretty good at.

But with one of their starting defenders, Maggie Chuang, out because of illness, Silver Creek coach Pat Monacelli had to mix up the lineup. The Raptors did well defending, but Kirkland had to be extremely active.

“They’re very good at those shots from 25 to 30 yards, and they’re good at bouncing one in around the 18, but we knew that so we were able to set up our defense,” Kirkland said. “You have to take risks. We had to do a lot of talking in the back, and I think that helped us keep the shutout.”

Romo also took a few risks, and her team was there to back her up as the action picked up in the second half. Dangerous forwards Jenna Schemmel and Emily Atwood were picked up well throughout the night.

“I think we rise to the occasion when a tough team is out on the field,” DiGiallonardo said.

“That sort of game is so emotionally draining,” Kirkland added. “It’s tiring but at the same time the adrenaline keeps you going, watching your friends come at you.”

The draw between the Raptors and Trojans put Broomfield and Niwot in a two-team race for the Northern title, especially after those squads both picked up wins Thursday.

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Longmont 0, Silver Creek 0, 2OT

At Everly-Montgomery Field

Silver Creek 0 0 0 0 — 0

Longmont 0 0 0 0 — 0

Goals (assists) — None.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Silver Creek: Jamie Kirkland (100-0-14); Longmont: Maria Romo (100-0-5).

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