Broncos focused in win over Russets
SHELLEY — County foes collided for the second time this soccer season this time on the home field of the Shelley Russets as the Blackfoot squad came calling for a High Country Conference showdown.
With the moon rising overhead, the Broncos prevailed 6-0 in a twilight match that witnessed good things being done on each sideline.
"We had heard about Shelley and we saw tonight that they are an improving team so we had to maintain our focus tonight or they could hurt us," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "No matter which eleven is on the field the focus has got to be there because we'll get hurt."
After a lackluster performance at Highland last Thursday afternoon the Blackfoot Broncos came out focused on the task at hand, getting a quick goal in the 10th minute of play as Carlos Murrillo scooted a shot from out front past the diving Shelley goal keep.
"Our defense was helped by the fact that we were tighter all over the field, we lost the complacency," coach Pope said. "It is what I've been telling the boys since Friday that we got complacent in the second half against Highland and we got what we deserved in that forty minutes and we did a fine job of keeping our focus."
Blackfoot maintained that early pressure tallying goals in the 19th and 21st minute of the first half as Titus Robinson redirected a shot into the back of the net ahead of a pretty goal by Hector Munoz who took an assist from Jose Torres giving the Broncos a 3-0 half time advantage.
"We came ready to play, we figured that Blackfoot would come out after winning 8-0 in Blackfoot looking to who was going to get a hat trick, how big can we win by and we were able to accomplish somewhat what we set out to do," Shelley head coach Brian Park said. "We can play with them, we just need to get the ball in the back of the net."
Munoz scored his second goal of the day just thirty seconds into the second half and from there the teams played evenly as the skies darkened.
"Blackfoot has a great team," coach Park said. "They can take the ball out of the air and put it where they want it and that is what I want to get from my team. They're a young team but with practice and playing in this division we are going to get better."
Torres added two more goals late in the contest to put the finishing touches on the 6-0 win as Blackfoot goal keeper Carlos Almenderoz kept a clean sheet for the men in black.
Both teams will be back in action on Thursday with Shelley traveling to Hillcrest while Blackfoot will travel to Rigby.