McGahey, Spaulding key first SHS soccer win
DENVER – Senior Grant McGahey scored two goals and junior Jeff Spaulding added one Wednesday afternoon to lead the Summit High School boys soccer team to its first win, a 3-1 triumph over 3A power Denver Christian.The Tigers scored all three of their goals in the first half and controlled the ball for virtually the entire second half en route to improving their record to 1-3 on a scorching afternoon in Denver. The Crusaders, who had beaten a pair of teams from Summit’s 4A Jeffco League, Englewood and D’Evelyn, coming into Wednesday, dropped to 2-1.”This was a very good win – I think for us a very necessary win, especially after three losses,” SHS coach Peter Shafroth said.The Tigers dropped all three matches at the Cheyenne Mountain Tournament last weekend while facing some of the toughest competition in the 4A class. On Wednesday, in what Shafroth called a “critical” contest for his young squad, two holdovers from last year’s state quarterfinalist team took matters into their own hands.Answering a Crusaders score less than 10 minutes into the half, McGahey ended a string of pretty passes when he took the last one from junior David Bailon and buried it just inside the left post from about 18 yards out.Only a few minutes later, Spaulding drew a foul inside the box and McGahey converted his second goal on the ensuing penalty kick. It came shortly after Denver Christian has missed a PK of its own at the other end of the field.Spaulding joined the scoring barrage with about 10 minutes to go in the half by collecting his own rebound, dribbling through two Crusaders and tapping the ball into the net after evading the goalie – “His typical bulling through the pack,” Shafroth said.The three first-half goals were more than enough for SHS keeper Bryant Reinking, who faced only a few Denver Christian scoring chances in the second half while collecting his first varsity win.In fact, led by McGahey the Tigers dominated the play in the second half, continuing a trend that began in the first period.”Grant just really stepped up,” Shafroth said. “We controlled the midfield today, and he really played a great game.”The key, according to the coach, was communication. It had been lacking in the first three matches, but the Tigers turned that around on Wednesday.”They suddenly started talking,” Shafroth said, adding that the players’ mood after the match was a reversal of last weekend.”I think it did a lot,” he said of the win. “They just seemed more relaxed. They seemed relieved.”The Tigers host Kent Denver on Saturday at 11 a.m. in their home opener.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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