In its final regular season game, the Summit High School boys soccer team fell to Steamboat Springs Thursday, 1-0. With the loss Summit’s playoff hopes are now at the mercy of the playoff seeding committee.
“It was a battle just like we thought it would be and they got the better of us,” Tigers head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “Kudos to Steamboat; they played hard.”
The game’s only goal came in the 19th minute when Steamboat senior Michael Wong scored from near the 35 yard line off of a pass from fellow senior Peter White.
“He hit a phenomenal shot,” Gogolen said. “It just dipped at the last second.”
Summit had a number of opportunities to even the score but Steamboat goalie Jake Andersen came up with a strong performance.
“We had our opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize,” Gogolen said.
The team closed the season with a 9-5-1 record, 9-2-1 in league play.
“We’ll find out Sunday night or Monday morning,” Gogolen said regarding playoff announcements. “It’s really tough to say; I’d like to say that our chances are good.”
A win Thursday would have made the team a virtual lock for the playoffs.
Gogolen said the team’s losses were to strong opponents, which may help their chances at landing one of the eight at-large playoff bids.
Regardless, he said he is proud of his young team’s effort this season.
“To be honest with you, I thought this was going to be a rebuilding year, and the guys came out and proved me wrong,” he said. “We had some quality wins.”
With most of the team being underclassmen, and with a JV squad that only lost once, Gogolen likes Summit’s chances next season.
“We’re going to be great next year.”