LONGMONT — It took until just over a week remained in the 2015 girls soccer season to get a little separation at the top of the 4A Tri-Valley League standings.
Three teams — Windsor, Holy Family and Skyline — all woke up Wednesday with undefeated conference records. With Windsor the beneficiary of virtually every tiebreaker between the three teams, it took a big step towards pulling away from its closest challengers for the conference title Wednesday afternoon with a 5-1 win over Skyline.
“Windsor is a tough team and if you blink, they’re gone,” Skyline head coach Luis Chavez said. “Most of their goals were just us not being able to catch up. We had a couple of defensive errors and our goalie couldn’t read it well and that’s what kind of brings our morale down and we got deflating. We were trying, it just wasn’t happening.”
Skyline’s game-long battle against Windsor’s torrid pace and its own deflation began when Windsor’s Margaret Zimmerman scored just 45 seconds into the game.
Keeping their composure, however, Skyline (6-5-0, 4-1-0 Tri-Valley) quickly evened the score. Assisted by Rachel Billeter, Skyline’s Whitney Parkinson scored in the third minute to put up just the sixth total goal scored against Windsor (10-1, 5-0) this season.
It was all Windsor after that.
Windsor’s Bailey Zehr scored in the 10th minute and Chaynee Kingsbury scored in the 25th minute to give Windsor a 3-1 advantage at halftime.
In the 56th minute, Zehr scored again and Julia Broghammer capped the victory with a fifth goal on a long free kick in the 75th minute.
“I think we did better as a team in the first half because our energy was up and we got that goal right off the bat,” Parkinson said. “But Windsor is a very tough team and there were some times when we lost that energy and they hurt us. We had bursts but we didn’t really keep it up.”
The loss snapped a five-game win streak for Skyline, which had outscored its opponents 19-6 in those five games.
Despite allowing five goals, Skyline goalkeeper Sariah Orocu made 11 saves.
“We’re doing really well this season and we’re ready to finish it off with more wins,” Parkinson said. “We’re going to bring it together, we’re going to practice more and we’re going to work together as a team.”
Skyline has two remaining Tri-Valley League games, including a road game against Holy Family (6-5-0, 4-0-0 Tri-Valley) and a home game against Mead (3-5-2, 0-1-2 Tri-Valley). Skyline will play a non-conference game across town at Longmont High (7-4-1, 3-1-1 Northern) on Friday. Longmont defeated Skyline 1-0 last season.
“Mead and Holy Family are good teams so we know we’re going to have some tough games still,” Chavez said. “There are a few teams now fighting for the second spot in our conference and we all want it. We’re going to go for it but we just have to continue progressing and trying our best.”
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Windsor 5, Skyline 1
At Skyline HS
Windsor (10-1-0, 5-0-0) 3 2 — 5
Skyline (6-5-0, 4-1-0) 1 0 — 1
Goals (assists) — Windsor: Margaret Zimmerman (Bailey Zehr), 1st minute; Bailey Zehr (Chaynee Kingsbury), 10th minute; Chaynee Kingsbury (Leticia Oliva), 25th minute; Bailey Zehr (Nile Koenig), 56th minute; Julia Broghammer (unassisted), 75th minute; Skyline: Whitney Parkinson (Rachel Billeter), 3rd minute.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Windsor: Michaela Moran (80-1-3); Skyline: Sariah Oroco (80-5-11).