The Summit High boys soccer team came out firing on all cylinders in their season opener Thursday, closing out Conifer with an impressive 8-2 win at home.
“We worked a lot over the summer and it shows,” Tiger head coach Tommy Gogolen said after the game. “Guys are fit.”
Seniors Thomas DeBonville and Alex Veleta led the way with two goals apiece. DeBonville also added three assists, including two from a pair of big throw-ins.
“I thought we played good,” DeBonville said of his team, “a little rusty, first game, but we came out strong.”
The Tiger offense started the game with a half dozen scoring opportunities in the game’s opening 15 minutes, but was unable to capitalize early.
Veleta got the scoring spree rolling when a foul inside the 18-yard line set up a penalty shot with 20:50 remaining in the first half.
Vicente Ramos later followed up the penalty kick goal with a goal of his own to put the Tigers up 2-0. With DeBonville awaiting a pass near center, Ramos did the work himself with a quick move between Conifer defenders and a solid shot on goal.
Two minutes later DeBonville — coming off a strong break — attempted a cross to center Ramos in front of the Lobos’ goal. The pass was intercepted but resulted in an own-goal to put the Tigers up 3-0.
“I was trying to pass it Vicente, for him to hit it in. I guess the guy just reached out,” DeBonville said. “I liked it, honestly, I’m good with it.”
Conifer showed a spark in the first minute of the second half, scoring in the opening minute. The Tigers countered with a Veleta goal set up by a DeBonville throw-in 5 minutes into the half.
Conifer’s only other goal came shortly after, set up by a free kick.
After a slow start in the half the Tigers turned it back on with DeBonville scoring twice off of individual breaks, beating a number of Lobos defenders.
Mitchel Gray and Cole Catron contributed the final two goals late in the game. Catrone’s goal came with just 39 seconds remaining.
Even with the convincing win Gogolen and DeBonville said they still had plenty of room for improvement.
“It’s definitely a good start, but we’ve got things to work on. I think I give us a B, B minus,” Gogolen said. “First game, we got the rust off and put the ball in the back of the net eight times. That’s always a good thing.”
The team will travel to Valor Christian Thursday, Aug. 28.