LONGMONT — Both Skyline and Holy Family knew exactly what was at stake in their regular season finale on Wednesday afternoon.
For the home-standing Falcons, a win or a tie would simply bolster their playoff positioning; while the Tigers needed a win or a tie to secure the guaranteed second seed out of the Tri-Valley League behind Windsor.
Anything less would be devastating for Kathy Hogan's Holy Family team, which sat 36th in the Class 4A RPI ratings.
Skyline (12-3, 5-1) took advantage of a desperate Tigers team, especially in the second half and rolled to a 4-0 and head to next week's playoffs — likely on the road — with a head of steam.
"We al talked about what we needed to fix (at halftime), just coming out on fire and trying to match their level," said Skyline coach Luis Chavez, whose team was up just 1-0 at halftime despite controlling the play. "Obviously they were coming out hard and fast and they seemed like they wanted it.
"We seemed a little lethargic."
It was a disappointing showing for Holy Family (8-7, 4-2), which lost to Skyline in a nonleague game 1-0 last month.
"That second half I think we were just mentally exhausted and I don't know why," Hogan said. "We didn't come out to finish. We didn't come out to play and win.
"It's very frustrating because we haven't had a single team all year beat us by more than one goal."
Skyline's lone goal in the first game came via a set piece and it was more of the same for the Falcons on Wednesday.
They were awarded a direct free kick from 35+ yards late in the first half and it was senior Joseph Wanninger that took advantage of a slowly organizing Tigers defense.
"The keeper was still setting up his wall and he wasn't looking and that was the time to strike," said Wanninger, whose shot against the wind beat Tigers keeper Ryan Berry up high. "We were fortunate."
Skyline knew the Tigers would send a man forward to try and equalize, but it didn't happen for Holy Family, which didn't manage a shot on goal in the final 40 minutes.
Manuel Macias scored the Falcons goal in very much the similar fashion to Wanninger's. A direct free kick from just outside the box again fooled Berry and added to the Tigers' frustration.
Kevin Chavarria and Austin Guilles would tack on for the now securely playoff bound Falcons.
"We really have to pick up our play in the first half, we seem to have become a second half team," Wanninger said. "That is not going to fly in the playoffs."
SKYLINE 4, HOLY FAMILY 0
At SkylineHoly Family (8-7, 4-2) 0 0 — 0
Skyline (12-3, 5-1) 1 3 — 4
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Joseph Wanninger (unassisted), 33rd minute; Manuel Macias (unassisted), 50th; Kevin Chavarria (unassisted), 65th; Austin Guilles (Ryan Primeau), 70th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Holy Family: Ryan Berry (80-4-6); Skyline: Diego Chavez (77-0-2), Juan Lara (3-0-0).