BERTHOUD — On a cold, wet and windy night at Max Marr Field, a pair of area teams took to the turf looking to get their seasons going in the right direction.
Longmont was searching for its first win of the season following an 0-2 start while Berthoud was out to snap a two-game losing streak after winning its season opener against Estes Park.
After 80 minutes of tough play from both young squads, the Trojans came out on top, 6-0, tasting victory for the first time in 2022.
“It’s nice,” Longmont head coach Patricia Wilson said. “The girls have been working really hard. We have a young squad. We have injuries. We don’t have numbers. For them to take what we have been doing in practice for the past few days and over spring break and put it into the game is exciting to see and take the win.”
Freshman Ella Erwin and senior Addison Barela combined for five of Longmont’s six goals. The Trojans built a 3-0 lead in the first half and never really allowed Berthoud to threaten, although the Spartans hung in, and had some scoring chances both early in the first half and late in the second.
After several missed shots by the Spartans in the opening minutes, the Trojans got the ball and kept it for most of the first half. Just over 12 minutes in, Erwin scored Longmont’s first goal of the game — and the season — after the Trojans were shut out in losses to Peak to Peak and Thomas Jefferson.
“It felt amazing to score that goal,” Erwin said. “I feel like that really put us off to a great start and it is giving us a lot of hope.”
Five minutes later, the Trojans added to their lead when Barela scored her first goal of the game to make it 2-0.
Before Longmont could score again, the Spartans had a couple of shots almost at point-blank range but each time, the Trojans’ defense and goalkeeping kept the ball out of the net.
With less than four minutes to go in the first half, Erwin scored her second goal, this time firing from the 30-yard line. The ball was tipped by the Berthoud keeper and the ball found the back of the net behind her and Longmont took a 3-0 lead into halftime.
“I think today we were actually connecting our passes and moving off the ball well,” Wilson said. “A lot of times, they’ll get nervous and that doesn’t happen, but we’ve really been focusing on that in practice. So I guess I would say we were moving into that space better and letting the ball do the work.”
Ten and a half minutes into the second half, the Trojans added to their lead on a goal by sophomore Alexis Mathers to make it 4-0.
Five and a half minutes later, Barela scored her second goal of the night and she completed a hat trick with just under 10 minutes remaining when she put in a rebound off the post to give the Trojans a 6-0 lead.
Longmont (1-2) hopes to build on the victory as it gets into league play Wednesday at home against Centaurus.
“It feels amazing,” Erwin said. “I feel like we have worked so hard and put so much effort into our team and obviously getting this win tonight is a huge success for us. It definitely gives us a better image of what we can do. Definitely.”
Berthoud has a quick turn around as well. The Spartans (1-3) will look to snap their losing streak Thursday at Weld Central.