LONGMONT — When the eighth-ranked Skyline boys soccer team first faced the Erie Tigers this season, the Falcons had to score in the final minutes of the game to escape with a narrow 2-1 victory.

When the teams played a Tri-Valley League rematch at Skyline High School on Monday, the Falcons made sure not to let the visiting Tigers hang around within striking distance. In front of a large senior day crowd, they scored early and often on their way to an 8-2 win.

"I think last game, we just weren't playing our game," senior center back Shjon Andrews said. "We were playing scrappy but we weren't playing possession, shooting on target, shooting from inside the 18, things like that. This time, we did what has been working throughout the whole season and we did a lot better."

Skyline High School’s Alejandro Toledo heads the ball during a game against Erie on Monday in Longmont. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos.
Skyline High School's Alejandro Toledo heads the ball during a game against Erie on Monday in Longmont. Go to BoCoPreps.com for more photos. (Jeremy Papasso / Staff Photographer)

Aided by three Erie breakdowns, Austin Gillies put the Falcons (11-1-2, 6-0 Tri-Valley) on the board almost immediately when he broke free and scored just 34 seconds into the game.

The Tigers (6-8, 4-2 Tri-Valley) got the early equalizer by way of a Colin Heinl goal in the 10th minute. But a trio of Skyline goals from Luis Bustos, Diego Chavez and Kevin Gutierrez gave the Falcons a 4-1 halftime advantage. Four more goals in the second half built an insurmountable lead for the home team.

"Playing aggressive is the best thing for us because you don't want any early counter attacks," Andrews said. "We stopped the long ball well today and got it back up the field quickly. Once we did that, we put ourselves in good positions to shoot."


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Monday's win kept the Falcons undefeated in conference play and positioned Skyline with a shot to lock up the Tri-Valley League title with a potential win against Holy Family (8-5, 5-0 Tri-Valley) on Wednesday.

Currently 39th in the Class 4A RPI standings, Erie is still holding out hope of cracking the 32-team postseason bracket. With the strength of their schedule working to their favor following Monday's loss, the Tigers will likely now have to beat Windsor (12-1, 4-1 Tri-Valley) in their regular season finale on Wednesday. Before they can attempt to take down Windsor, the Tigers will have to recover quickly from what they felt was a disappointing showing against Skyline.

"They're (Skyline) a very good team," Tigers head coach Jeff Vigil said. "They're organized and they have a lot of skilled players. But after the last time we played them, we thought we had a plan and we were ready to go and we'd do better than a 8-2 loss."

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Skyline 8, Erie 2

At Skyline H.S.

Erie (6-8, 4-2)11—2Skyline (11-1-2, 6-0) 44—8

Goals —Erie: Colin Heinl, Hogan Warlock; Skyline: Alejandro Toledo 2, Austin Gillies 2, Kevin Gutierrez 2, Luis Bustos, Nate Webb.

Assists —Erie: Patrick Cummins; Skyline: Gillies 2, Kalisher, Wright, Gutierrez, Bustos, Webb.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Erie: Jon Powell (40-4-8), Cole Manual (40-4-7); Skyline: Diego Chavez (40-1-0); Vinny Valdez (40-0-4).