Diamondbacks shutout Broncos 3-0
POCATELLO — Over the years the Century and Blackfoot boys soccer teams have been involved in some memorable games with each team taking their fair share of victories.
But Tuesday's meeting at Century had implications on seeding for this weekend's 4A District 5/6 tournament.
A win or tie by the Broncos would earn the team one one the top two seeds and first round bye. A loss and Thursday's game with Preston would hold even more importance for the Broncos.
After Saturday's 5-1 loss to Jerome on the road, Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope was looking for his team to answer their less than stellar play in Tuesday.
They answered, unfortunately it was not the answer the Pope nor the team were looking for.
Two first half goals by the D-backs including one from 40-yards out by Dan Mende proved to be enough as Century earned a 3-0 victory.
"It was a tough one," Pope said. "The truth and the reality is Century is a very good team, they did well and they played well and they deserved to win. We did not play disastrously bad, we came up against a very good team."
Century controlled possession of the ball and the tempo of the game from the opening minutes. While the Broncos like to move the ball quickly up the field on the attack, Century always seemed to be one step ahead.
"We were toothless today," Pope said of the Broncos attack. "We just looked toothless and we did not look like we are going to score today. I am sure we probably put ourselves in that situation by falling behind early. I told the boys the team that makes the fewest mistakes will win the game, Century made less mistakes than we did today."
The Broncos actually had the first good scoring chance in the 28th minute when Ozzy Oseguera sent a shot towards the D-backs net, unfortunately the ball hit the cross bar.
Less than two minutes later Century's Hunter Mansfield sent a shot across the mouth of the goal box, Blackfoot goalie Dallin Fairchild dove to stop the ball, but it skipped of his hands and into the net.
Just like that is was 1-0 Century.
Fifteen minutes later the D-backs got a second goal.
Dan Mende took a shot from 40-yards out and curled it into the upper right corner of the net.
"Dan is a high quality player and when high quality players get an opportunity from that spot, they are going to take a shot," Pope said. "That was a great strike and placed perfectly into the goal."
Mende was not done scoring as he added a second goal in the 76th minute.
While the loss is blemish on the Broncos previously unabated district record, it is by no means the ned of the season.
Blackfoot closes out the regular season on Thursday against Preston with a firs round bye on the line.
"This game by no means broke our season," Pope said. "A tie would have given us a bye, but now we are in a must win game against Preston on Thursday and we need to come out and be ready to play."
The Broncos and Indians kick-off Thursday at 7 p.m.