A strong defensive effort and an impassioned, “you can do it,” from a mom in the stands, weren't quite enough for the Summit varsity girls' soccer team to hold off Steamboat Springs Monday, in the Tigers' regular season finale.
Summit kept it scoreless for most of the game, until a scrum in front of the Tiger goal led to Steamboat freshman Natalie Bohlmann slipping the ball past the keeper, for what would be the game winning goal, with 10 minutes remaining.
Steamboat's crisp-passing offense had a few early opportunities, but the Tigers held their ground on defense, keeping the ball in Sailor territory for most of the first half.
“The girls played really good,” Summit coach Tommy Gogolen said.
Earlier this season the varsity girls lost to Steamboat in a much more lopsided game.
“They crushed us the first time,” said Gogolen. “They had to earn it today.”
Steamboat came out fast in the second half with a stronger offensive effort, keeping the ball back in the Tiger's half of the field.
Still, the Tigers countered on a few occasions, but were unable to close on any of their opportunities.
Coach Gogolen commended his team's work this season, pointing out that their character building 3-9 record did not represent their effort. Gogolen said his players held their heads high and played hard all season.
The Summit girls start post season play against Rifle today in the league tournament. The two-day competition will determine final league standings for the season.
At the end of the game, Tiger players approached the stands in a row as a team to wave and bow to fans.
“We're going to miss our seniors,” said Gogolen. But he said he is also excited about what he considers to be a promising underclass returning next season.