LONGMONT — Fresh off their first win of the season on Thursday night, the Longmont girls soccer team was thinking "winning streak" as they took to their home pitch Friday against non-league city rival Skyline.
But after already having beaten Niwot for the first time last week, the visiting Falcons were ready to add to their list of city squad conquers.
Both teams had their chances at goal on a gusty night at Everly-Montgomery Stadium, but the Falcons were able to work to an early lead, fend off a stretch of good chances by the Trojans and then add an insurance goal to secure a 2-0 win and move to 6-1 on the season.
Kylie Earhart fought for position on a corner kick to get a goal 12 minutes into the game for Skyline, and Kenna Meier made all four of her saves in the second half giving her team a chance to keep their own winning streak alive at six.
Kalen Niedling also scored for Skyline with just 15 seconds left in the game, countering a good chance for Longmont to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats.
"We just really wanted this game a little more in the end, especially in the last half as it was close we just got really good positioning to win (possession)," said Earhart, a junior who scored her first goal of the year off a hard send in from Eileen Gonzalez Garcia. "We have a strong defense that is good at getting stuff out of the box, too."
"You could just see how much it meant to both sides, so hat's off to everyone who played first of all," Skyline coach Luis Chavez said. "For us, it was a matter of composure, being organized and having good communication overall. This is a game where we just wanted to continue to get better, and right now we're playing at an unprecedented level."
Longmont clearly had some spark in the beginning of the match, coming off a 9-0 drubbing of Greeley Central just the night prior. But head coach Mike DiGiallonardo said his team got down just enough after allowing the set piece goal to set them back for quite a long time.
Skyline's defense also had something to do with their early attack.
"That win against Greeley Central really boosted our confidence, and we played very well tonight so I feel like we are getting there," DiGiallonardo said after his team was out-shot 9-2 in the first half. "We can only get better from here. I think we played well at the beginning of the first half and the end of the second half. But we battled the confidence once we got down a little bit.
"Skyline moved in a zone pattern very well defensively. They flowed and their defense was tight."
The Trojans did make some adjustments to get the ball out to their wings in the second half, and good chances followed down just one.
In the 50th minute, junior Taylor Nielsen crossed a ball in to Kendall Waddle for a well-paced shot at Meier, and then again in the 58th minute a Nielsen free kick was headed right into Meier's paws.
After Waddle was narrowly offsides in the 68th minute on what appeared to be a breakaway, Kennedy Sheetz and Nielsen had chances in the 73rd and 75th minute and Meier made a savvy play to cut off another Waddle chance with about three minutes left.
Then with time ticking away and everybody pressing down for the Trojans (1-6), Serena Fortes managed to put a ball out 30 yards ahead of Niedling, and the junior made sure not to miss on a one-on-one rocket shot to seal it.
The Falcons haven't lost since a 2-0 setback against Silver Creek, and they'll play at Frederick next Monday.
Longmont also continues its season Monday at Thompson Valley.
Skyline 2, Longmont 0
At Everly Montgomery StadiumSkyline (6-1)11—2Longmont (1-6)00—0
Goals (assists) —Skyline: Kylie Earhart (Eileen Gonzalez Garcia assist), 12th minute; Skyline: Kalen Niedling (Serena Fortes), 80th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Kenna Meier (80-0-4); Longmont: Franchesska Ramirez (80-2-4).