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BLACKFOOT â€” Prior to Wednesday's 4A Fifth/Sixth District game with Rigby, Blackfoot boys soccer coach Liam Pope laid out three things he wanted his team to accomplish during the game.
Those three things were, to keep a clean sheet (allow no goals), put the game away early and control the tempo.
By the time the 80 minutes had expired the Broncos had completed all three on the way to a 5-0 win over the Trojans at Blackfoot High School.
"One of our priorities in this game was to keep a clean sheet," Pope said. "And I think it is tougher to do on day like today when the wind is blowing like it was. With it swirling like it was a t the start of the second half they tried to use it to put pressure on our goal keeper. That kind of wind is hard for the keeper to judge the ball and the defense to judge it as well, wind is a great equalizer."
While the stiff, cold wind cut down on putting the ball in the air, the Broncos used their speed to score four first half goals.
Jordan Garcia got the Broncos on the board first in the 9th minute when he took a long pass and worked through two defenders and flicked a shot into the back of the open net.
Three minutes later Andres Godinez scored the first of his two goal in the game when he took advantage of a turnover right in front of the Rigby goal, the spun and fired the ball in the goal.
His second goal came in the 26th minute when he ripped a shot from the top of the goal box and into the upper left corner of the goal.
In between Godinez's pair of goals, Alejandro Herrera knocked one in from close range and the Broncos went into halftime up 4-0.
It easily could have been a bigger lead but the Broncos let a few good scoring chances go by the wayside.
"I was very pleased with tonight's performance," Pope said. "You could see very early on what kind of night it is going to be by how much I am carping on them on the sideline. Tonight there was very little from me and the boys played well."
At halftime Pope told his team he wanted a quick goal to keep the momentum in the Broncos favor.
It took awhile but the Broncos did get that goal when Alberto Tafoya put a penalty kick past the Rigby goalie.
The rest of the half the Broncos played solid defense and limited the Trojans to just a handful of shots.
"We definitely could have gotten a few more goals in the second half, but we did not and that is OK, we played good defense and kept the sheet clean," Pope said. "We have played two league games and have two clean sheets, you cannot ask for a better start than that."
Blackfoot (4-2-1) travel to Minico on Saturday. Kick-off is 11 a.m.