LONGMONT — The Skyline Falcons soccer team continually fought to get better as the weather in the area surrounding their home pitch got worse on Tuesday afternoon.
Facing an upset-minded Regis Groff in the second round of the Class 4A state playoffs, the No. 9-seeded Falcons worked for two second half goals to guarantee themselves a spot in the quarterfinals for the second straight season, ousting Regis Groff by a 3-0 count.
Faolan Moore scored twice on assists by Nathan Wanninger, and the Falcons senior class will get a chance to play either Air Academy or Centaurus in the next round on Saturday.
Antonio Mosqueda also scored off a hard free kick rebound, completing a more ferocious effort in the final 40 minutes than what head coach Luis Chavez thought he saw in the first 40.
"It almost looked like we weren't feeling like we could be the potential dominating team in the first half, and we got a little too complacent," said Chavez, whose team improved to 14-2-1 on the season. "Once we got into the rhythm, that's when you saw how we came to that outcome in the end.
"We're looking forward to whoever comes at us, and our goal is to, humbly, with feet on the ground, getting to the top."
Certainly the top was bound to include some bad-weather games, and with a light rain-snow mix making its presence known throughout Tuesday, a wet ball made for some tough plays on the goalkeepers on each side of the field. Luckily, Skyline was the team presenting more pressure and Regis Groff goalie Javi Gonzalez left a couple opportunities out there for the Falcons to pounce on.
In the 19th minute, after a defensive win by SHS' Kevin Gutierrez in the 19th minute, a precise and aggressive counterattack led to the game's first goal. Gabriel Sosa, Wanninger and Moore were all in on the play down the right sideline, and it was Moore that cleaned up a diagonal shot from Wanninger.
Sosa and Moore traded more scoring chances on either side of the halftime, but with about 15 minutes left it was another patient play from Wanninger along the end line that allowed for Moore to pocket his second goal.
Skyline left no doubt who would be moving on when Sosa had a free kick just outside the 18-yard box right on Gonzalez's paws but too hard to catch, giving Mosqueda the chance to sweep in and finish.
"Since this is the end of our season and most of us are seniors, we just didn't want it to end yet because we've built such a good family here," Moore said. "Everyone gave their all because every chance counts. We had a good mindset going out on the field tonight."
Regis Groff, a No. 25 seed who upset No. 8 seed Cheyenne Mountain late last week, finished 9-7-1 in just its second year of varsity play.
Skyline, now with seven straight wins in tow, will await the conclusion of the Air Academy-Centaurus game, which was postponed in the second half because of bad field conditions. Skyline lost to Air Academy in last year's quarterfinals.
Skyline 3, Regis Goff 0
At Skyline HSRegis Groff (9-7-1) 0 0 — 0
Skyline (14-2-1) 1 2 — 3
Goals (assists) —Skyline: Faolan Moore (Nathan Wanninger assist); Skyline: Moore (Wanninger); Skyline: Antonio Mosqueda (Gabriel Sosa).
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Diego Chavez (80-0-6).