LONGMONT — Friday’s game against Skyline wasn’t exactly the result the Longmont boys soccer team wanted, but it was at least a step in the right direction against a crosstown foe that had tormented the Trojans in recent years.
That result, a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods at Everly-Montgomery Field, was the first game in Season C the Trojans (0-7-1, 0-7-1) didn’t lose. The NCAC tie also marked the first time the Trojans played the Falcons (1-3-1, 1-3-1) to a stalemate, having lost to their local rivals in the teams’ last six meetings dating back to 2014.
“These kids have been working,” Longmont head coach Michael Callaway said. “They’ve kept fighting and they’ve put in so much work this year. It’s finally coming together. Unfortunately, we’re down to the last two games and we’ve been having some injuries. But I can’t ask for a better group of kids. They’re positive, they work for each other and they fought to the end tonight.”
Because of injuries, Callaway said the Trojans have started eight different lineups in as many games this season and have had a rough go of it recently with back-to-back 1-0 losses to Silver Creek and Mead. Friday’s goal by senior Bryan Seanz in the 60th minute was just the third they have scored this season.
Following the Trojans’ second-half tally, the Falcons, who entered Friday’s game with five goals in four games, responded quickly with a goal from sophomore Keith Chavarria in the 69th minute to tie the game. For the rest of the second half and in both extra periods, each team had good scoring chances but Trojans goalkeeper Connor Taylor and Falcons netminders Ethan Stoner and Riley Primeau were outstanding in preserving the draw.
“I’m pleased with the effort,” Falcons head coach Luis Chavez said. “We’re coming back from having a really difficult time not finding our chemistry and our rhythm. Today was a good example of possessing, transitioning and playing, trying to score and we created some opportunities. Unfortunately, we couldn’t put them away but their goalie is good.
“The whole COVID thing has thrown us for a loop but, hopefully, this should be good to help us find our rhythm and play Skyline soccer the rest of the way.”
Skyline will host Silver Creek on Monday. Longmont will host Loveland on Wednesday.