JOHNSTOWN — Luis Chavez has had Skyline teams that have been there.
The laughingstock of the league, bottom of the barrel team that opposing clubs came in to their house and did whatever they wanted to.
But, oh how the times have changed. On Wednesday the high-flying Falcons opened up Tri-Valley League play against a Roosevelt team that is still learning how to win.
And while it didn’t look clean in the first 40 minutes for Skyline, a simple message to his girls by Chavez upped the second half intensity and allowed the Falcons to roll to a 6-0 victory.
“That is one thing as a program, I have been trying to work on their mental toughness and at halftime I told them that when we have the opportunity to take care of business, we have to take care of business,” said Chavez, whose team was only up 2-0 despite holding nearly 95 percent of the possession.
“We can’t be too nice or too empathetic for the other team. We have to respect them on the field, but we have to take care of business.”
Skyline, which appeared at No. 27 in the initial RPI rankings put out by the CHSAA, improved to 5-1 overall.
In a game they knew they was going to be tilted heavily in their favor, the Falcons were able to work on some things against a Roosevelt side that was doing a lot of chasing.
But it took a while to crack the scoreboard, and it wasn’t until the 21st minute when they strung together three straight passes in the box that ended with Sabrina Bridwell beating Riders goalie Caitlyn Hott.
“When we have occasions like this we try take advantage of working on the things we have a hard time working on — possession and being confident on the ball,” Chavez said. “And having the audacity to do things that we wouldn’t do at other times.”
That was the most evident in the first 10 minutes of the second half. Skyline scored three times during that stretch, including a well-placed long-ranged left-footed shot from defender Rachel Billeter; Whitney Parkinson’s rebound of Eileen Gonzalez Garcia’s shot off the post and then a nifty header from Bridwell off a Kalen Niedling free kick.
“We don’t really practice free kicks, but I felt like it was going right for my head and I really didn’t have anything else to do,” said Bridwell, who flicked home her second goal of the match with the back of her head and with her back to keeper. “I couldn’t really turn around, so I flicked it and just hoped for the best.”
The Falcons will try to keep the wins streak rolling on Friday night at Everly-Montgomery against cross-town rival Longmont at 6:30 p.m.
SKYLINE 6, ROOSEVELT 0
Skyline (5-1, 1-0)24—6
Roosevelt (3-2, 0-1)00—0
Goals (assists) — Skyline: Sabrina Bridwell (Whitney Parkinson), 21st minute; Kalen Niedling (unassistsed), 25th; Rachel Billeter (unassisted), 41st; Parkinson (unassisted), 42nd; Bridwell (Niedling), 47th; Eileen Gonzalez Garcia (Lindrey Schendel), 61st.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Skyline: Grace Miller (40-0-0), Kenna Meier (40-0-0); Roosevelt: Caitlyn Hott (80-6-11).