COLORADO SPRINGS - It's always a tough loss when you feel like you've played well and the decision still doesn't come down in your favor.

But sometimes, when you're competing against one of the best teams in the state of Colorado, that happens to be the case.

On Wednesday in Colorado Springs, the Skyline girls soccer team had one of those days. The Falcons played their best, but fell 2-1 to Air Academy.

"We fought until the end," Falcons head coach Luis Chavez said. "We showed some really good soccer this season. It was a great season. We really showed how a team can come together as a family and do special things. We had clean play, possession, it was one of the better games we have played. It just didn't turn out in our favor."

The game was tied at a goal apiece at halftime.

The Falcons led for most of the first half after Whitney Parkinson scored in the 13th minute. Freshman Lindrey Schendel assisted on the play. But two goals from the Kadets dampened the Falcon's hopes for some second-round action.

"I may be biased, but we really came out to redeem ourselves from last season, when we thought we could have done better," Chavez said. "We really came out this season and played with a lot of heart. The girls played hard and did everything we asked. Even in tonight's game, they did everything. At the end, it wasn't our night."

While the Falcons defense played well throughout the game, Falcons sophomore goalkeeper wasn't tested for most of the contest. When she was, she made a pair of saves.


After winning just six games last season, the Falcons rebounded to win 10 games this season and finish fourth in the Tri-Valley League.

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Goals (assists) —Skyline: Whitney Parkinson (Lindrey Schendel), 13th minute.