LONGMONT — With both squads coming off of long stretches without having played a game, the Skyline and Frederick girls soccer teams could be excused for being a bit rusty their first time back on the pitch.
And while both teams did struggle to return to form throughout the afternoon, there remained one unchanged constant from earlier in the season: the goal keeping of Alex Godinez.
Frederick’s senior keeper recorded her fifth straight shutout in leading the Warriors to a 1-0 road victory over the Falcons. The meeting marked the first match for either team in nearly two weeks after the two schools returned from spring break on Monday.
“I had to keep my defense in shape,” said Godinez, who watched the Falcons take 20 shots and recorded 11 saves. “We didn’t play our best game soccer-wise, so we just had to stay on the ball. We seemed to be tired coming off the break.”
Skyline dominated possession for much of the first half of play, using the speed of their attackers to keep constant pressure on the Warriors defense. But despite their best efforts, the Falcons were never quite able to challenge Godinez with a solid strike on goal.
Meanwhile, Frederick struggled to find any offensive continuity when they were able to obtain the ball. But after being awarded a free kick from 35 yards out following a foul, the Warriors capitalized. Junior Shanelle Cox sent a lofting ball high into the wind that found its way over the Skyline keeper and into the back of the net in the 36th minute.
That shot would prove to be the last real chance for FHS, as the Warriors went the next 34 minutes of play without a shot. Skyline, on the other hand, seemed to come out of the halftime break determined to tie the game. Skyline released a relentless barrage of shots on the Frederick defense and hardly let the ball cross midfield before regaining possession.
But Godinez and her back line proved up to the task, making sure the speedy Falcons never got a good enough look to level the score.
“That second half we were by far the second best soccer team on the field,” said Frederick coach Chad Eisentrager. “I think the girls showed resiliency, and that really showed in my defense and goalie. As much as we were under pressure, there were really only two hard shots Alex had to deal with.”
Skyline coach Kevin Puckett echoed those sentiments, expressing frustration at his team’s inability to get off better shots at the Frederick goal.
“They just outworked us today,” said Puckett. “I thought we possessed the ball better at times and had a lot more shots on goal. But Alex is a great goalkeeper and it is going to take a lot more than 30 yard shots to beat her.”
The win is the fifth in a row for Frederick, which has rebounded after dropping its first two matches of the year. The Warriors are now tied with the Falcons for second place in 4A Tri-Valley League play, where both teams hold a record of 4-1.
Frederick 1, Skyline 0
At Skyline H.S.
Frederick (5-2, 4-1) 1 0 — 1
Skyline (4-3, 4-1) 0 0 — 0
Goals (assists) — Frederick: Cox, 36th minute.Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Frederick: Godinez (80-0-11). Skyline: Kissinger (80-1-3)