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Boys soccer: Holy Family rallies to beat Skyline

Tigers remain atop the Tri-Valley League standings

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    Holy Family High School's Mike Dolph heads the ball during a CHSAA soccer game against Skyline on Monday in Longmont.

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    Skyline High School's Gabriel Sosa, right, is congratulated on a goal by teammate Alex Meza during a CHSAA soccer game against Holy Family on Monday in Longmont.

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    Holy Family High School's Dylan McIntosh takes a shot on goal during a CHSAA soccer game against Skyline on Monday in Longmont.

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    Skyline High School's Alex Meza fights for the ball with Dylan McIntosh during a CHSAA soccer game against Holy Family on Monday in Longmont.

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    Skyline High School's Nick Pratt kicks a high ball up field in front of Gianni Maine during a CHSAA soccer game against Holy Family on Monday in Longmont.

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    Holy Family High School's Kyle Pardoe heads the ball during a CHSAA soccer game against Skyline on Monday in Longmont.

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    Skyline High School's Gabriel Sosa signals to the crowd after scoring a goal during a CHSAA soccer game against Holy Family on Monday in Longmont.

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    Skyline High School's Gabriel Sosa moves the ball upfield during a CHSAA soccer game against Holy Family on Monday in Longmont.

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LONGMONT — Maybe sometimes it can feel like a concerted effort to stay in the present, admits Holy Family.

A future teasing the possibility of a league championship — and a potential season-ending game to decide it — the wandering mind may feel tempting to slip into. Rather hard to climb out.

Tigers coach David Martinez reminded his team of it following its 2-1 win over Skyline Monday afternoon, a game in which it surrendered an early goal before rallying to stay perfect in the 5A/4A/3A Tri-Valley League.

“I think we came into the game a little bit overconfident,” Martinez said. “But after they scored that one goal, we were able to come back and react.”

Holy Family High School's Dylan McIntosh ...
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Holy Family High School’s Dylan McIntosh takes a shot on goal during a CHSAA soccer game against Skyline on Monday in Longmont.

In its final three league games, Holy Family (10-2, 5-0) has two against teams with losing records before it faces Loveland (10-1, 3-1) in a rescheduled game sometime next week. The official date was not yet set as of the finish of Monday’s game at Skyline.

With two weeks to go, Holy Family is one game up in the league standings. Loveland, Erie and Windsor also came into the week with just one loss in league.

Dissecting the possibilities, they are intriguing. Maybe dangerous, too.

Sometimes, “we are focused on the next game and when it’s planned, like the Loveland game we’re waiting for it to get scheduled,” senior back Alex Troso said. “We’re so focused on that, that we’re not focused on playing now.”

So far in league play, it’s been a lesson in victory.

Troso helped lead a stingy backline that squeezed airtight after allowing Gabriel Sosa’s goal in the 9th minute. Cole Greany tied the game in the 20th minute and freshman Alden Bennett put the Tigers ahead for good in the 43rd.

It was Holy Family’s first win over Skyline (6-6, 3-3) since before 2014. Prior to it, the Falcons had dominated the series over at least the last nine meetings per MaxPreps, going 8-0-1 in that span.

“It’s always been a frustrating game for us,” said Troso, a fourth-year starter.

Skyline still managed to make things interesting late. Winners of four of its past five coming in, Luis Chavez’s team created a number of chances deep in Holy Family’s territory down the final stretch.

Once inside the box, though, the Falcons were either stymied before getting away a shot or had their attempts blocked by aggressive defenders.

It’s a calling card for the Tigers’ backline.

“We really like to play an aggressive game and try to step to the ball, just cut it off before they can get their early shots or passes,” Troso said. “And we bank off our second defender covering if he gets through.”

Holy Family hosts Roosevelt Wednesday. Skyline hosts Berthoud on Oct. 21.