LONGMONT — What Brie Musser lacks in words, she more than makes up for with her ability to score.
The shy and unassuming Skyline freshman scored the first goal of her high school career and it couldn't have come at better time.
After a 0-1-1 start to the season, the Falcons were trailing 1-0 at halftime to cross-town rival Mead, but had equalized early in the second half.
Riding a wave of momentum, Musser stepped up and from distance beat Mavericks goalie Shaylee Jelinek with a right-footed shot that propelled the Falcons to win No. 1, a 2-1 victory.
"I just saw the goal open and shot," said Musser, whose scorel came in the 59th minute.
It was just what the doctor ordered for the Falcons, who failed to score in their first two matches of the season against Windsor and Silver Creek.
It looked like the scoring drought might end in the first five minutes of the match and that Skyline's super-sophomore Kalen Niedling would be the one to break the seal.
The speedy forward was set free on a one-on-one run against Jelinek by senior Kaitlyn Sullivan, but was unable to finish when she didn't hit the shot cleanly and didn't force the goalkeeper to move.
Less than a minute later, it happened again. Same result. And once more three minutes later on a beautiful through ball by Rachel Billeter, Jelinek came out to send the chance away.
"We have struggled a little bit in transition and to put some offense threat on the other side," Skyline coach Luis Chavez said. "(Niedling) just works so hard and is all over the place. I am just hoping she can find the confidence by finishing."
Mead, going downwind in the first half, capitalized just before halftime. Anna Maher's direct free kick went on frame, but Falcons keeper Sariah Orocu couldn't corral it cleanly and it allowed Camilla Lee to finish.
Niedling was still able to make her impact on the game without scoring. Her run down the right side of the Mead defense took her into the box and she sent a perfect cross to the far post that was one-touched in by Sabrina Bridwell to tie the game.
"She can make stuff happen, but I would still love her to find the back of the net, just for her confidence," Chavez said. "She knows she can score, but she just hasn't been able to, and at this point, this is a good feeling for her to set up the equalizer."
For Mead, which won it's opener 7-0 at Mountain View, they were unable to muster much offense in the second half and never got a clean shot on goal in the final 40 minutes.
"This game was as much about learning what we are and what Skyline is," Mead coach Mike Schulz said. "We are going to have games like that this year, and every year in high school soccer every team is new for all intents and purposes.
"They are figuring each other out and they are playing well."
Skyline 2, Mead 1
At SkylineMead (1-1) 1 0 — 1
Skyline (1-1-1) 0 2 — 2
Goals (assists) — Mead: Camilla Lee (unassisted), 37th minute; Skyline: Sabrina Bridwell (Kalen Niedling), 47th; Brie Musser (unassisted), 59th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Mead: Shaylee Jelinek (80-2-9); Skyline: Sariah Orocu (80-1-2).