LONGMONT — On paper, Monday’s Holy Family versus Silver Creek match was worthy of a red circle on the calendar.
When the preseason rankings came out, the Raptors were No. 1 and the Tigers were No. 2 and it had all the makings for something special.
Except for the fact it was scheduled for the Monday after both schools’ Spring Break and the long layoff and limited practice time was clearly evident.
Silver Creek, currently the No. 7 team in the Class 4A CHSAANow.com poll, scored twice withing 70 seconds in the second half to break a 1-1 tie and would go on to win 3-2 over the Tigers.
“I thought that we came out flat and we tried to mix up the lineup a little bit to see if we could spark something,” said Holy Family coach Michelle Griego-Giron. “But a week of Spring Break doesn’t help and the fact that we’ve only played one game doesn’t help.
“But those are all just excuses at the end of the day and we just have to get better.”
And for glimpses on a brisk and breezy afternoon, the Tigers played up to their potential. With Silver Creek up 1-0 after an 18th minute goal by Alex Karsel, the Raptors nearly made it 2-0 moments later when Greta Goldsberry’s shot was punched off the bar by Tigers keeper Sally Napierkowski.
The junior goalie, recovered in time to gather in the loose ball and started a counterattack to the other end that was capped off with Jules Geneser’s rebound goal.
“This group battles back,” Griego-Giron said.
Silver Creek (4-1) had there way with possession in the opening 15 minutes of the second half and it translated to back-to-back goals from Karsel and Annalise Teasdale, the second of which came with the Tigers back on their heels and reeling from surrendering the lead.
“We could have just let it go after the two goals were scored, but they didn’t,” said Griego-Giron, whose team dropped to 1-1. “They started to find and they settled the ball down and moved it around instead of playing panicked.”
Unfortunately the Tigers just ran out of time. The build up was good and the chances were there with multiple corners, but the second goal came with just 46 seconds left off the foot of Jaelen Giron and it wasn’t much time to ride any sort of momentum.
Although they can carry it into the rest of the week, that includes a road game at Frederick on Wednesday and then another top ten tilt with Green Mountain on Friday at home.
“This is a good thing for us, but I am kind of torn with not being upset with them and being really upset with them,” Griego-Giron said. “I think our egos might have got in the way and for us long term wise, it allows us to see where we need to be and what we need to work on and refocused on what our goals are.”
SILVER CREEK 3, HOLY FAMILY 2
Holy Family (1-1) 1 1 — 2
Silver Creek (4-1) 1 2 — 3
Goals (assists) — SC: Alexa Karsel (Jillian Acosta), 18th minute; HF: Jules Geneser (unassisted), 21st; SC: Karsel (Kate Eggen), 51st; Annalise Teasdale (Karsel), 52nd; HF: Jaelen Giron (unassisted), 80th.
Goalies (Min.-GA-Saves) — Holy Family (Sally Napierkowski) 80-3-5; Silver Creek (Natalie Schauer) 80-2-5.