LONGMONT — In order get respect, you've got to earn respect.
Just ask Luis Chavez and his Skyline girls soccer team.
Despite getting off to a 7-1 start, Chavez's club didn't earned a single vote in the latest CHSAANow.com Class 4A soccer poll and were a stunning 23rd in the RPI standings.
That'll change after Tuesday.
The Falcons, one night after a 3-2 overtime victory against Frederick, scored the programs biggest victory in quite some time with a 3-1 result against No. 4 Wheat Ridge.
""Whether or not (Wheat Ridge) underestimated us or they just didn't step it up a notch, we took advantage of them," said Chavez, whose team improved to 8-1 and should vault up the RPI standings. "We talked at halftime how we needed to step it up, and if we were to go up a little higher in intensity, then we would be the one with the highest benefit."
A close examination of the numbers would tell you that the visiting Farmers had the better run of play and more quality chances. They put three shots on goal in the first half and had three corners, but nothing that ever seriously threatened keeper Kenna Meier.
The first 11 minutes of the second half were a completely different story.
Skyline's transition offense through the midfield was on point and the combination of Kalen Niedling and Whitney Parkinson made the flat-footed Farmers pay.
Less than five minutes in Parkinson sent a perfect pass to Niedling, whose defender had fallen down and the speedy junior striker would finish with ease past Wheat Ridge keeper Logan Duford.
Niedling returned the favor just four minutes later, when in much the same fashion, sprung Parkinson for the Falcons' second goal.
"We realized how their defense was playing so that we could run those diagonal passes through," said Parkinson, who called the win a dream come true. "We also know how each other play and we can send those balls with confidence and it broke them down real quick."
Still flying high and with a clearly frustrated Farmers side, Niedling and Parkinson hooked up one last time in the 51st minute to all but take life out of Wheat Ridge.
"They were very frustrated and it kind of helped us keep it up," Parkinson said. "We contained and we worked great as a team."
Said Farmers coach Dan Watkins, who was quick to praise the Falcons: "They've got some weapons and we had our opportunities but credit to them on playing some nice through balls and well timed counterattacks and putting a couple in. They played well and deserved to win."
Skyline will get back to Tri-Valley League action next Tuesday at home against Berthoud.
SKYLINE 3, WHEAT RIDGE 1
At SkylineWheat Ridge (6-1)01—1
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Kalen Niedling (Whitney Parkinson), 45th minute; Parkinson (Niedling), 49th; Parkinson (Niedling), 51st; Wheat Ridge: Alex Nillen (unassisted), 70th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Wheat Ridge: Logan Duford (80-3-0); Skyline: Kenna Meier (40-0-3), Grace Miller (40-1-4).