LONGMONT — The Skyline boys soccer team had little to show for its season through the first two games but remedied that on Friday.
Entering a tough non-conference rivalry game with cross-town opponent Silver Creek, the Falcons were not only winless but had yet to score a goal. The Falcons jumped on the Raptors for two goals in the first half and held on to win 2-1 at Silver Creek High School.
It was the first time since Falcons head coach Luis Chavez took over in 2010 that the Falcons defeated the Raptors.
“I was telling the boys this is history for me,” Chavez said. “These guys (the Raptors) are well-equipped, they’re a good team and they can do some damage. But we got focused and caught them off-guard early in the game.”
Chavez admitted he felt the Raptors were the more technically-sound club. But he said the Falcons, many of whom are coming from playing street soccer at hockey rinks and parks, showed a lot of heart.
“It’s a great accomplishment for us and for us looking at what level we can reach if we play these good teams like this,” Chavez said.
Falcons sophomore Cruz Valdez and junior Jesus Cervantes broke their team’s scoring drought.
Struggling through two losses with no goals, Valdez said, had produced a self-created pressured atmosphere among the Falcons players.
“We didn’t have confidence in ourselves,” Valdez said. “We came out today like, ‘Guys, we’re in the dumps right now. We have no pressure on us. They have the pressure to beat us.’ “
The Raptors fell to 1-2-1. But the game nearly swung dramatically in the final seconds.
As the Raptors were creating a last-ditch offensive possession, the Falcons were called for a tripping penalty near midfield. With 15 seconds left, junior Cameron Guzman scrambled to line up straight-on direct kick from 40 yards out.
Guzman, who scored his third goal of the season earlier, drove the ball true to the goal. But when his shot hit the bottom half of the crossbar, he knew the game was lost.
“I definitely thought it was in,” Guzman said. “But there’s nothing I can do about it. We just made little mistakes and that cost us big time.”
Falcons goalkeeper Jesus Quinones made eight saves in net. Raptors keeper Caleb Fisher saved five shots.
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Skyline 2, Silver Creek 1
At Silver Creek H.S.
Skyline (1-2-0, 1-1-0) 2 0 — 2
Silver Creek (1-2-1, 1-0-0) 1 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Cruz Valdez (7th, unassisted), Jesus Cervantes (unassisted), 7th minute. Silver Creek: Cameron Guzman (4th unassisted).
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) —Skyline: Jesus Quinones (80-1-8). Silver Creek: Caleb Fisher (80-2-5).