The Fairview girls soccer team, ranked No. 10 in Class 5A, used a complete team effort to close out the regular season with a 2-0 win over No. 5 Rocky Mountain Thursday night.
Seniors Danielle Nelson and Skylar Anderson scored for the Knights, and defensively Fairview was able to hold Rocky Mountain without a shot on goal.
"It was massive for us, to beat one of the top teams in the state and have stretches of play where we were really at our best against a really good opponent," said Fairview head coach Jeff Frykholm. "It felt good to see us come together and have everything click for portions of the game."
Nelson opened the scoring in the 34th minute. Fairview was fouled 25 yards from goal, and she fired the ensuing free kick into the top left corner of the net to give the Knights a 1-0 lead.
"That's the shot I've been practicing at the park my whole life. For that to go in, it was such a special moment, especially on senior night," Nelson said.
Anderson, who had two good chances early in the first half saved by the Lobos goalkeeper, scored the final goal of the night just on the other side of halftime. Sophomore Georgia Weeks sent in a cross from the left side, and the Lobos goalkeeper was unable to hang onto it due to the wet conditions. Anderson pounced on the rebound and finished with her left foot for the 2-0 lead.
"The field was slippery, so I knew if there was a cross there was going to be some kind of rebound, and I was just at the back post and hit it in," Anderson said.
Defensively, Fairview was able to consistently step in front of passes, press high up the field, and deny Rocky Mountain chances on goal.
"The girls on the back line are so tough and they play together. They bend, but they don't break," said Frykholm.
Fairview has now won six straight games heading into the playoffs, but there is more work to be done.
"We need to be more consistent throughout the game, we kind of have some downfalls. We need to keep the intensity high during practice and that will help us in the playoffs," Anderson said.
The Knights will find out their playoff opponents when the brackets are released on Sunday.
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Fairview 2, Rocky Mountain 0
At FairviewRocky Mountain (12-2-1)00—0Fairview (12-2-1)11—2
Goals (assists) — Fairview: Nelson (unasisted) 34th minute, S. Anderson (Weeks) 45th minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Velds 80-0-0; Rocky Mountain: McDonald 80-2-3.