Broncos blank Indians 5-0
BLACKFOOT — When the Blackfoot and Pocatello High School boys soccer teams met in Pocatello last year it took just five minutes for the Broncos to put up five goals on the way to a 15-1 win.
In Thursday's District 5/6 opener the Broncos scored five goals in 80 minutes. Quite the contrast from the previous year.
The Broncos came out a little flat and the allowed the Indians to stay in the game, but still managed to walk away with the 5-0 win Thursday at Blackfoot High School.
"We were a little bit to casual at times in the first half," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "There is absolutely no doubt that Poky are much improved over when we faced them last year. They were more organized, better passing and it was simply a better team you can see how far they have come."
While as a team Pocatello was improved as a team, the casual play that Pope mentioned about his teams play in the first half left a bunch of could have been goals on the scoreboard.
Jordan Garcia, Ozzy Oseguera and Pio Carillo all missed golden scoring chances.
Most were good opportunities, but Pop was still displease with his teams play.
It took over 15 minutes for the Broncos to finally find the back of the net.
Jesse Ortega sent a shot through four Pocatello defenders from 18 yards out and into the back of the net.
Ricardo Pelayo scored the second goal on a free kick sent across the goal mouth by Andres Godinez. Pelayo used his head to flick the ball into the net.
Ortega capped off the first half scoring with a header off a corner kick set across the goal box by Godinez.
The halftime whistle blew not long after and the Broncos went into the half up 3-0.
During his halftime speech, Pope told his team that they needed to pick up the intensity of their play and that while they were leading 3-0, it should have been more.
In the second half much of the play was the same from both sides. The Broncos struggled holding onto possession of the ball, while Poky played solid defense and made the simple plays they needed to make to stay in the game.
Carillo got the first Broncos first goal of the second half when he found the back of the net of a rebounded shot by Ortega.
Garcia scored the final goal of the game on a turnaround shot from the top of the 18-yard box.
"It was good for us to get a conference win," Pope said. "But it was definitely hard to build a flow of the game when I was substituting so much and moving people around, but we did a good job.
Blackfoot hosts Rigby on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.