Girls soccer: Longmont stymied by Green Mountain in playoff opener

ARVADA — — The task was straightforward Wednesday night for Longmont in the first round of the Class 4A girls’ soccer state tournament.

The Trojans (9-6-1) had to solve the puzzle of Green Mountain senior goalie Lindsey Hendon if they wanted to advance into the second round.

Hendon set the all-time Colorado mark for career shutouts this year with 40. The four-year starter in net had 10 shutouts so far this season, including not allowing a goal in the Rams’ last seven regular-season games heading into Wednesday night’s playoff showdown with Longmont.

Longmont became the latest victim of Green Mountain’s stingy defense as Hendon notched career shutout 41 with a 2-0 victory over the Trojans at the North Area Athletic Complex in Arvada.

“Green Mountain has an outstanding team. Defense and offense wise they are very disciplined, ” Longmont coach Mike DiGiallonardo said. “I’m proud of my girls. They hung in there. They wanted this game very bad. They did a great job tonight. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Longmont’s best scoring chances of the night came from junior Kristy Lee and senior Katie Waugaman. Lee had a free kick in the 27th minute, minute, but the boot sailed over the cross bar. Waugaman’s scoring chance came early in the second half, but the shot bounced wide of the frame.

It was the seventh shutout the Trojans suffered this season, six losses and one scoreless tie.

“We hoped to get one counter on them and push it,” said DiGiallonardo.

Green Mountain (13-2-1) control offensive possession, but Longmont’s organized defense and senior goalie Maria Romo kept the Rams at bay until the 35th minute of the first half.

A corner kick served from senior Christina Makatura was knocked in by junior Mia Dobbin late in the first half.

“At first I thought it was going to be a header, but it ended up being kind of a thigh/knee sort of a thing,” Dobbin said of her goal. “It went it. It was good effort from all of us.”

Green Mountain added an insurance goal from junior Jenn Brunsdon in the 78th minute to ice the victory.

The original start time for the first-round game was scheduled for 7 p.m., but play didn’t get underway until 8:30 p.m.

A lightning delay of 1 hour and 15 minutes during the first game — Discovery Canyon and Wheat Ridge — of the 4A playoff doubleheader at NAAC, along with it taking overtime to decide the first game forced the delay in the start of the Longmont/Green Mountain game.

“I think our intensity level dropped a little bit,” DiGiallonardo said of the delay. “The delay hurt, but you have to step up and play at any time. I think they stepped up and did a great job.”

No. 12-seeded Rams will hit the road and face No. 5-seeded Niwot on Saturday, May 10, in the second round.

Longmont was already looking ahead to next season.

“I’m looking forward to next year. I think we’ll have as strong as a team we had this year,” DiGiallonardo said. “I look forward to being right back here and hopefully win it.”

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Green Mountain 2, Longmont 0

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Goals (assists) — Green Mountain Mia Dobbin (Christina Makatura) 35th minute, Jenn Brunsdon 78th minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —

Green MountainLindsey Hendon (80-0-3); LongmontMaria Romo (80-2-13).