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    Silver Creek's Jorge Morales, left, and the Longmont's Ruben Ordaz battle for the ball during the first half of their game

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LONGMONT — Whenever the Longmont boys soccer team has played in a local area rivalry game this season, it has turned out to be a close and stressful affair.

That trend continued Saturday at home, as the Trojans played a cross-town rivalry game against Silver Creek. In their latest rivalry matchup, the eighth-ranked Longmont boys found a way to overcome a two-goal deficit to win 4-3.

Not only did the win earn them bragging rights, it kept the Trojans (10-1, 4-0 Northern) just barely ahead of Niwot in the race for the 4A Northern League regular-season title.

“We’ve had a couple games like this but it’s always good to see that we can come back,” Trojans sophomore Brandon Staple said. “We’ve gelled together so well as a team that we have gotten pretty good at just calming down and then we can play our game.”

Silver Creek (6-6, 3-2 Northern) took a two-goal lead in the first half thanks to brothers Sean and Conner Peskin. Sean Peskin scored in the 17th minute and Conner Peskin scored in the 32nd minute.

Longmont’s Alan Quintana, however, scored a goal with less than a minute remaining in the first half to cut the Raptors’ lead to 2-1 at halftime.

“I think that goal really gave us the spark that we needed,” Staple said. “After that, we felt like we could go out and get another one.”

In the 59th minute, Silver Creek’s freshman goalkeeper Aidan Lantaff, who started his first varsity game on Saturday, was injured near the right corner of the 18-yard box. While Lantaff was on the ground, Longmont’s Luis Meza lobbed a shot into the far-side netting to tie the game.

Staple gave the Trojans the lead with a goal, assisted by Ruben Ordaz, in the 67th minute. He later assisted Orlando Alaniz on a goal in the 69th minute to put them up 4-2.

“It was our game to win or lose,” Silver Creek head coach Vytas Rauba said. “We had a two-goal lead and we gave it up. But good on Longmont, this seems to be their year. They got past Niwot and they got past us.”

Longmont defeated Niwot (10-1, 4-1 Northern) by a score of 1-0 on Oct. 1 and holds a narrow lead over Niwot in the conference standings with four games left to play. Silver Creek is third.

The Raptors had won their previous two games against Longmont.

Silver Creek will play next at Thompson Valley (6-5, 2-2 Northern) on Thursday. Longmont will play at Mountain View (3-8, 0-5 Northern) on Monday.

Brad Cochi: cochib@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BradCochi

Longmont 4, Silver Creek 3

At Everly-Montgomery Field

Silver Creek

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Longmont

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Goals (assists) —
Silver Creek: Sean Peskin, 17th minute; Connor Peskin, 32nd; Sean Peskin, 77th; Longmont: Alan Quintana, 40th minute; Luis Meza (Brendan Close), 67th; Brandon Staple (Ruben Ordaz), 69th; Orlando Alaniz (Brandon Staple), 77th.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —
Silver Creek: Aidan Lantaff (69-3-10), Brandon Coder (11-1-3); Longmont: Joel Chavez (80-3-10).

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