It was a fitting end to a breakthrough season for the Summit High girls' soccer team, led by five retiring seniors, two of whom were responsible for the Lady Tigers' five goals over Arvada Wednesday.
"It was a great end to the season. (Arvada) is a good squad. They beat the same teams we beat, so we knew going into the game it was going to be super tight," said head coach Tommy Gogolen.
With possession fairly evenly distributed on both sides of the pitch, the game was more competitive than the 5-1 final score would suggest.
"Seeing that it was home and seeing that it was Senior Day, it was the best game of the season. The girls played incredible," Gogolen said.
Seniors Robyn Kresge and Meg Weldon snagged the final goals of the season - Kresge two, Weldon a hat trick after scoring her first-ever goal just a few games ago. Meanwhile, graduating goaltender Hailey Curnutte played right halfback for her final game in a Tiger uniform.
"Meg and Robyn definitely stepped it up. I've never seen those girls play that well together," Gogolen said. "And Hailey played awesome. She's been my goalkeeping for four years and she's been begging me to come out and play the field."
All three of the girls agreed, Wednesday was their favorite game of the season.
"If you told us it was our last game every game, we would do just as well," said Kresge.
"We put a lot of energy and effort into it, and it turned out really well," Weldon said. "It was the last game, so we went out with a bang."
The seniors said the whole team improved on communicating, passing and shooting from start to finish during the season, and this was the best year they've had on the soccer field.
"We grew up as a team," said Curnutte. "We played together for all four years, and we knew how each other played. I think that helped a lot too."
Other retiring seniors included Bianca Bolcato and Land LeCoq, both of whom played essentially the whole game.
The team finished with a record of 6-9, which is the best result since Gogolen took the reins.
"It was the best I've seen them play in five years," Gogolen said. "They're possessing the ball; they're moving the ball. The seniors stepped up today and played awesome, but we still have a young bunch. The younger girls are coming ready to play - and they're good."