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LONGMONT — The Tri-Valley League title hopes of the Skyline girls soccer team realistically vanished Monday afternoon quicker than you can say “Windsor Wizards”.

Trailing Windsor by a game entering the week, the Falcons had hopes of tying the league leaders with a home victory on Monday. But with the Wizards scoring two goals in the first nine minutes en route to a 2-0 win, they completed a season sweep of SHS and opened up a two-game lead (plus the tiebreaker) with four Tri-Valley contests remaining.

“We made a couple of little mistakes at the beginning; it cost us,” Skyline coach Luis Chavez said. “I was actually trying a little bit of a different lineup to put more speed on top to keep (the Wizards) under pressure so that they wouldn’t release the ball to their fast kids. Unfortunately, it bit me back.”

A turnover in the penalty box opened the door for Windsor’s Nile Koenig to break the ice just 1:39 into the contest as she connected on an open shot from 15 yards.

Just seven minutes later, the Wizards made it 2-0 when Bailey Zehr made a run, and after SHS keeper Rebecca Kissinger blocked the first shot, Zehr took the rebound and tucked it into the corner of the net. It was her 13th goal of the season.

Skyline was down by two with less than nine minutes gone, and considering the Falcons lost 2-0 to Windsor last month, it was a huge hole they had dug for themselves.

“I think it was just a quick defensive breakdown — two of them right there,” Skyline senior Monica Overturf said. “We got it together after that, but we just never recovered from it. It’s tough.”

After appearing overmatched in the first half, the Falcons did indeed recover, playing the Wizards on equal terms after intermission. In fact, Skyline twice came very close to scoring in the second half, with Overturf almost tapping the ball past keeper Maddie Slocomb with 31 minutes left after a centering pass from freshman Whitney Parkinson, and Parkinson hitting the post off a tough-angle shot with 15:30 remaining.

But in the end, the Falcons were left with a goose egg on the scoreboard for just the third time this season, with two of those games being against Windsor. The Wizards have allowed just four goals in 10 games this year and have shut out seven opponents.

“I think we calmed down a little bit (after halftime),” said Overturf, who put three shots on goal Monday. “We weren’t as panicked. We realized we could play with them so we worked on playing together as a team instead of just panicking.”

The loss, which snapped SHS’ five-game league winning streak, dropped Skyline to 6-3-1 overall and 6-2 in Tri-Valley action. Windsor, meanwhile, improved to 8-2 and 8-0 after beating the Falcons for the sixth straight time.

With the Wizards likely in line for the league title, Skyline will probably battle with Mead for the second automatic 4A state playoff berth from the Tri-Valley. The Falcons are much improved since going 5-8-2 last year, but still have work to do to advance to the postseason.

“We’ve beaten Mead once (3-1 on March 26), but that doesn’t mean we’re going to beat them again (on April 28) if we don’t come to play,” Chavez said. “What I told the girls is we need to continue to move forward instead of dropping. United, we’re going to keep pushing each other to get better and better.”

The next test for Skyline will come Wednesday when it hosts Northridge.


Windsor 2, Skyline 0

At Skyline H.S.

Windsor (8-2, 8-0) 2

Skyline (6-3-1, 6-2) — 0

Goals (assists) — Windsor: Nile Koenig (unassisted), 2nd minute; Bailey Zehr (unassisted), 9th minute.

Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Windsor: Maddie Slocomb (80-0-5); Skyline: Rebecca Kissinger (80-2-10).

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