LONGMONT — Skyline’s Jesus Cervantes loves playing against Tri-Valley League rival Frederick.
The Falcons senior is leading his team’s offense with 10 goals and five assists in 2013. But when he’s on the field against the Warriors, Cervantes’ game seems to rise to another level.
On Wednesday at Skyline High School, Cervantes scored twice to lead the Falcons to a 5-0 win over the Warriors. Though he has gaudy numbers against the Warriors, the Falcons senior attacking midfielder insists he’s just doing his job like we would against any opponent.
“Every game I set goals for myself,” Cervantes said. “I say, ‘I’m going to score. I’m going to assist. I’m going to do my best to push the team forward.’ There have been a couple teams I play well against this season and apparently against Frederick is one of them.”
In a 6-0 win over the Warriors (1-7, 1-5) on Sept. 20, Cervantes had a goal and two assists to lead the Falcons. In two wins over Frederick last season, he had four goals and three assists.
Cervantes continued to torment the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring two goals and assisting on a third.
As a team, the Falcons put 16 of their 26 shots on goal and the defense held the Warriors without a shot. Still, Cervantes felt they could have done better.
“This clearly wasn’t our best game,” Cervantes said. “We had a couple mistakes and there were chances we didn’t finish properly. We came out with a win and that’s a positive thing but honestly it was a sloppy game.”
Cervantes opened the scoring the 2nd minute with an unassisted goal. The Falcons led 2-0 at halftime after Luis Trejo found the net in the 14th minute.
The Falcons scored three more times in the second half, including two on penalty kicks.
In the 59th minute, Warriors sophomore goalkeeper Victor Avalos saved a penalty kick from Skyline senior Luis Manzo but no one cleared the deflection, and Manzo scored easily on the second attempt.
Cervantes scored the Falcons’ second penalty kick in the 63rd minute and assisted Manzo on Skyline’s final goal in the 64th minute.
Last year’s runner-up for the conference title, the Falcons (8-2, 7-0 Tri-Valley) now have won seven straight games and have built a three-game lead over defending conference champion Windsor in the standings. Manzo said the players’ confidence has been on the rise since they rebounded from a 1-2 start that included a 6-1 loss to Niwot and a 3-0 loss to Silver Creek.
“We were just not playing our game at first,” Manzo said. “We hadn’t seen each other for about three months so we were kind of not trusting each other. After the Niwot game, we talked about how we all needed to step up in everything and that’s what we did.”
Held scoreless for the fourth time, goals have come at a premium for Frederick this season. The Warriors have tallied just five scores in eight games.
Missing two starting defenders on their back line, the Warriors struggled to give Avalos a break from the unrelenting Skyline barrage. Without a valiant 12-save effort, including the initial stop on Manzo’s penalty kick, the score likely would have been far worse.
“We need to get healthy on defense,” Avalos said. “We’ve got players who aren’t defenders playing defense and doing their best. Sometimes our morale has been down but we’ve just got to keep it up. We’ve got Greeley West tomorrow and we’ve just got to try to get a win there.”
Frederick’s last win was a 2-1 victory over Roosevelt on Sept. 25.
Skyline is back in action at home on Monday against Roosevelt. The Warriors host Greeley West on Thursday.
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Skyline 5, Frederick 0
At Skyline H.S.
Frederick (1-7, 1-5) 0 0 — 0
Skyline (8-2, 7-0) 2 3 — 5
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Jesus Cervantes, 2nd minute; Luis Trejo (Luis Rodriguez), 14th minute; Luis Manzo (penalty kick), 59th minute; Cervantes, 63rd minute; Manzo (Cervantes), 64th minute.
Goalkeepers (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Frederick: Victor Avalos (80-5-12). Skyline: Alex Seeley (60-0-0), Gabe Chavez (20-0-0).