BOULDER — It would have been easy for the Fairview Knights girls soccer team to accept that their identity was forged in the first game of the season.
But their opening 3-2 loss to Castle View in overtime now serves as a reminder now of how far they have come in a few short weeks.
In the four matches since, the Knights have won by a combined 13-0, including am impressive 3-0 result on Tuesday night against third-ranked Legacy.
"It's nice to not have to look at (Castle View) so carefully anymore," said Fairview coach Jeff Frykholm, whose team improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the Front Range League. "We have come a long since then against some good opponents. We've had to gut some things out with some tough games, overtimes and learned some lessons along the way.
"But obviously it feels good to beat one of the best teams in the state and I don't want to see Legacy again."
After a midfield dominated first half that saw both sides register just one shot on frame, the halftime adjustments were going to be key.
And it was the Knights that made them quickly. Just 12 seconds into the second half, Fairview sophomore striker Georgia Weeks pressured the ball Legacy sent back to their end and made the Lightning, defender Brooke Kercher-Pratt and keeper Makenna Gottschalk pay.
She was able to gain possession and beat Kercher-Pratt and then deflect a shot in off of her and past Gottschalk.
"I really like being aggressive and most teams play it back to their holding mid, so I figured why not just rush it and use my speed to my advantage," Weeks said.
Fairview would double its lead in the 49th minute. Skyler Anderson over-the-top pass out of her own end was right on target to Ari Konstantopoulos, who was able to beat a defender and slide a shot under Gottschalk.
"Three mistakes sounds like a lot when they all end up in the back of the net, but in theory, that's all the mistakes that were done one both sides for 80 minutes," said Legacy coach Luke Meadows, whose team drops to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the FRL. "I think the true test of this team is going to be Friday against Fort Collins.
"Yeah this one is going to sting and there is going to be a lot of words thrown around, but the rebound will tell a lot about the character of this team."
Legacy managed just one shot on goal all night against a Fairview side that disrupted the diagonal passing lanes all night and made things difficult for the Lightning to string together anything.
"We had the whole week to put some ideas in and the girls trusted the system, they trusted the plan," Frykholm said. "We fine tuned a little bit from the first to the second half and we looked for some passing lanes to plug and applied the pressure.
"We knew it was a team that likes to play and if we took away those passing options, we would be in that position to counter attack."
Fairview closed out the scoring the 79th minute, after Weeks was taken down by Sabrina Hall in the box and she converted the ensuing penalty kick.
The Knights will host Loveland on Thursday and travel to Monarch on Friday this week.
FAIRVIEW 3, LEGACY 0
At FairviewLegacy (6-1, 3-1)00—0
Fairview (4-1, 3-0)03—3
Goals (assists) — Fairview: Georgia Weeks (unassisted), 41st; Ari Konstantopoulos (unassisted), 49th; Weeks (PK), 79th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Legacy: Makenna Gottschalk (80-2-7); Fairview: Hayden Velds (80-0-1).