LONGMONT — For a majority of Wednesday's nonleague match against Holy Family, Skyline goalie Diego Chavez directed traffic in front of him from a distance and wasn't involved too much other than that.
But when called upon to do his primary job, Chavez was on point.
The sophomore made two high-quality saves in the first half, and it proved to be the difference for the Falcons' 1-0 win, who improved to 5-1-2 this season.
"Practice technique and preparation and he is one of our most technical keepers," said Skyline coach Luis Chavez, who doubles as Diego's father.
The Falcons appeared to have busted out of their scoring slump on Monday with a six-goal outburst against Longmont, but against the normally defensive Tigers — that was down two of their starting defenders — Skyline had trouble creating quality chances.
Despite having a majority of the possession, the Falcons had just one shot on frame in the opening 20 minutes.
In the 20th minute, Skyline got to show off its speed. A four touch transition that went from Morgan Stoner to Ben Kalisher and on to Austin Gillies, whose cross was right on the money to Nathan Webb. Webb arrived right on time to the far post and volleyed the shot past Tigers senior Ryan Berry.
"We try to take advantage of the speed we have and they are getting to know each other better," Luis Chavez said. "Our biggest downfall has been the scoring and the execution of it ... today was not our best soccer, so if I'm going to take a win, I'll take it this way, even if it is ugly soccer, knowing that we can do better than that."
Said Holy Family coach Kathy Hogan, whose team dropped to 3-4 overall: "They slice through the middle and make those runs. We just got caught off guard and weren't paying attention."
The rest of the match — more so, the first half — belonged to Diego Chavez.
In the 23rd minute, the Tigers were awarded a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box and junior forward Cody Chavers chipped his shot over the wall and appeared to hit it perfectly for the upper-90, but Chavez guessed correctly to his right and was up to the challenge and batted it away at the last moment.
"I knew on that set piece, it could have been my mistake that created it, so you know you have to come up big there," said Diego Chavez, who finished with three saves altogether. "I stepped to left, had to come back and the you just got to go and put your body out there."
His second big save came in the 33rd minute on a Holy Family corner, when he turned away a well timed hit by Tigers senior forward Matthew Fountaine.
"You just have to take it wherever it goes," said Diego Chavez, who deflected the shot over the bar. "It was just my natural reaction to hit it over the bar ... I guess I made it look good."
Skyline will get a week off before hosting Berthoud next Wednesday, while Holy Family will play at Standley Lake Monday.
SKYLINE 1, HOLY FAMILY 0
At SkylineHoly Family (3-4) 0 0 — 0
Skyline (5-1-2) 1 0 — 1
Goal (assist) — Skyline: Nathan Webb (Austin Gillies), 20th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Holy Family: Ryan Berry (80-1-5); Skyline: Diego Chavez (80-0-3).