LONGMONT — Erie's McKenna Harrington played nearly the entire game against the Skyline girls soccer team on Wednesday but what the Tigers sophomore did in a two-minute span in the second half decided it.
Trailing Skyline (9-4, 3-2 Tri-Valley) by a goal on the road, Harrington tied the game with a goal in the 48th minute and then put her team up for good two minutes later, leading the Tigers (9-4, 3-2 Tri-Valley) to a 2-1 victory. It was a great time for Harrington to have the most productive two minutes of her soccer career.
"I felt like in the first half, we weren't really there but we came out in the second half and competed because we definitely wanted to win this one," Harrington said. "I don't think I've ever scored that many goals in that little time. It definitely was all thanks to my midfielders giving me some good balls. I definitely couldn't have done that on my own."
Adding to an already torrid sophomore campaign, Harrington's found herself in a one-on-one with the Falcons center back eight minutes into the second half. She side-stepped the defender and fired a shot into the far side netting for her 18th goal of the season. Her 19th goal game just two minutes later courtesy of a one-two passing combination with fellow Tigers sophomore Alison McNeal and a tricky shot that somehow eluded Falcons goalkeeper Kenna Meier, who was charging hard in an attempt to stop the shot.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Tigers and bumped the third-year program up into the top half of the Tri-Valley standings.
"It was definitely a response," Tigers head coach Megan Remec said. "We're creating a mentality among the team to always compete and set a standard for how we're going to play in every game. We'll keep trying to get better at that and hopefully it's enough to make the playoffs."
Coming off back-to-back losses that snapped a nine-game win streak, Wednesday's loss was another difficult one to swallow for the Falcons, especially since they led for the majority of the contest controlled the possession of the ball for the most part after Kalen Niedling scored in the 10th minute.
"We had a couple mistakes at the back and then we definitely lost focus," Falcons head coach Luis Chavez said. "Then instead of us responding by keeping the intensity, we let them take over and then it became us being in panic mode rather than being composed and ready to put it away."
The Falcons will play at league-leading Windsor (10-1, 4-0 Tri-Valley) on Monday. Also on Monday, the Tigers will host Roosevelt (3-9, 0-4 Tri-Valley).
Erie 2, Skyline 1
At Skyline H.S.Erie (9-4, 3-2 Tri-Valley) 02—2Skyline (9-4, 3-2 Tri-Valley) 10—1
Goals (assists) —Erie: McKenna Harrington (unassisted), 48th minute; Harrington (Alison McNeal), 50th; Skyline: Kalen Niedling (unassisted), 10th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Erie: Megan Marcoux (80-1-11); Skyline: Kenna Meier (80-2-4).