In their first bout on the pitch Thursday, the Lady Tigers soccer team lost, 4-0, to the Steamboat Sailors.
The girls came out strong in the first half, holding Steamboat to 1-0 and creating several scoring opportunities. Unfortunately, none of those converted.
Still, the team felt it was in the game - until the second half.
"Steamboat came out in the second half and proved why they were the more dominant team," head coach Tommy Gogolen said. "They knocked the ball around. They were really patient, really well-coached. They just broke down our defense."
The Sailors scored once early in the second half and then put two more away later in the game to seal the deal.
"For us to play with them the first half was a good accomplishment," Gogolen said. "It could have gone the other way, with the score a lot higher."
Assistant coach Travis Avery was also pleased with the team's performance.
"It was a good effort throughout the game. It was a tough opponent to start with," he said. "Now, it's time to turn around and go back at it tomorrow."
The success bodes well for today's home match against Eagle Valley, the coaches said, particularly since several junior varsity players bumped up for the game because varsity is missing several players who are still skiing.
Gogolen highlighted goalie Tessa Winston's 14 saves, captain and sweeper Rachel Fitch's performance on defense as well as midfielder Izzy Luna's and forward Claire MacMurray's contributions on offense.
"(MacMurray will) be dangerous. She created a couple good opportunities for us, as well," Gogolen said.
After doing some homework, the coach thinks it will be a more competitive game, with Eagle Valley posessing similar skills to the Summit girls.
"It's going to be hard to recover tomorrow after playing a hard game tonight, but the girls will be ready," Gogolen said.