Summit High boys' soccer game against Glenwood Springs Thursday wasn't much different than the teams' initial meeting about a month ago, except that they played on grass.
"We have a lot of guys with good foot skills," head coach Tommy Gogolen said. "On grass, sometimes it takes away from that a little bit. It's not as clean a surface as turf. It's a completely different style of game."
Gogolen knew it wouldn't be a pushover game, but his guys still maintained possession and power to come out on top, 2-0.
It was 1-0 at the half, with senior forward Evan Feldman scoring off an assist from senior midfielder Cesar Serrano. Later in the first half, Bryan Daniel and Max Ortiz assisted Feldman's second goal.
On defense, senior sweeper Connor Hebert worked side-by-side with senior defender Alex Roque to help sophomore keeper Noah Glasco at the net. Glasco ended the game with five saves.
"We didn't really get tested too much," Gogolen said, adding that he was able to put in some younger players for varsity game time.
"Summit played a real nice game," Demons coach Steve White said to the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent. "It was the story of our season. We got down early and had a hard time coming back from it."
Glenwood appeared to be improved since September, Gogolen said.
"We had great possession," White said to the Post Independent. "The passing game was good. Everybody got a lot of clean, good touches on the ball. We just couldn't score."
In an unfortunate turn of events, Glenwood lost player Steve Bolitho to a possible dislocated hip.
The pressure is on for the Tigers to continue to pave the way to a solid playoff seed.
"There's a lot more added pressure too, because it's essentially a must-win in order to keep the playoff drive alive," the coach said. Next up is Rifle on Tuesday, who Summit won against in a 3-0 game in early October.
"Rifle's season is winding down. They want to take a crack at us. I think the guys are pretty focused, which is good. We all know what's at stake, playoff rankings. It's a must-win. They guys know it. We'll be prepared, we'll be ready," Gogolen said.
The team's goal is to be 11-4 at the end of the season. They currently sit at 9-4 with two games left before playoffs.