BROOMFIELD — There is that term in sports that goes a little something like this: “On any given day …”, and I think you know the rest.
On Wednesday, in the middle of Spring Break for Holy Family, the Tigers were taking on a Skyline team that was just 1-4-1 and likely assumed they would just roll.
After all they were 4-1 and playing good soccer, even in the loss to Windsor last week.
And less than eight minutes in against the Falcons, the Tigers were up 2-0 and under the assumption that this was going to be an easy victory.
Somebody forgot to tell them to keep their foot on the gas pedal.
Skyline kept things interesting, including cutting the lead to 2-1 just before the break on a goal by Joe Murtagh that was with the run of play for the Falcons. It should have been just the kick in the rear the Tigers needed, but the effort never really showed up for the Tigers, who eventually won 3-1.
Holy Family got on the board early, courtesy of junior Jackson Ward. He went one-on-one with a defender and not only out-raced him but out muscled him in the box and was able to get a touch on the ball that set up a great shot past Falcons keeper Riley Primeau and just inside his far post.
Exactly one minute later, the versatile Gianni Maine made a run down the opposite side of the Falcons defense from Ward and made it all the way to the goal line just outside the box before sending a cross that connected perfectly with Joey Satriano. The junior finished with ease and it appeared as though the route was on.
It wasn’t until the 66th minute that the Tigers would score again against a stubborn Falcons defense that did a good job of limiting the quality looks for Holy Family’s creative offense.
It was Garrett Havens that put the game away with a blast from 35 yards out that found the upper-90 of the goal and one that Primeau had no chance to even touch.
The Tigers, who had a players only meeting at midfield after the game, will have to have a short memory. They get right back to work on Friday against Greeley Central at home, in a game that is a must win in terms of keeping pace with Erie in the race for the second automatic playoff spot out of the NCAC.
HOLY FAMILY 3, SKYLINE 1
At Mike G. Gabriel Stadium
Skyline (1-5-1, 1-5-1) 1 0 — 1
Holy Family (5-1, 5-1) 2 1 — 3
Goals (assists) — HF: Jackson Ward (unassisted), 7′; Joey Satriano (Gianni Maine), 8′; Garrett Havens (unassisted), 66′.
Goalies (Min.-GA-Saves) — HF: Jack Krueger 80-1-4.