Reserve goalkeeper steps up in Summit High boys soccer 2-1 loss to Salida |

Reserve goalkeeper steps up in Summit High boys soccer 2-1 loss to Salida

Summit High School soccer players at practice in August 2019.
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After an 18-day layoff since their season opener, the Summit High Tigers varsity boys soccer team (0-2) lost 2-1 at Salida (4-0) in their second game of the season on Thursday.

The Tigers faced an uphill battle from the start, as they were without veteran goalkeeper Chris Orozco due to eye surgery that will keep the senior out for a couple of weeks. Without Orozco in net, junior goalkeeper Jesus Alvarado played a strong game, allowing just one goal from the field of play.

“This was his first big show,” Summit assistant coach Brian Shonberger said, “and he kept us definitely in the game in the first half. They had some good shots he was able to get his hands on, and he had good communication.”

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On home soil, the Spartans found that go-ahead goal after a first half Shonberger described as evenly matched. The Spartans went up 1-0 on a far-out chip shot that went over Alvarado’s head and hit the cross bar before crossing the goal line about halfway through the game. Shonberger said the score changed the tempo and the pace of the game.

The Tigers continued to fight for an equalizer the remainder of the second half before a Summit midfielder fouled a Salida player in the Tigers box. That led to a penalty-kick conversion for the Spartans and a 2-0 lead in the final 10 minutes.

Summit continued to attack, though, applying full pressure for the remainder of the game. The aggression led to several corner kicks, including one where the ball pinballed around in the 6-yard box in front of Salida’s goal before deflecting across the goal line to make the game 2-1.

“Everybody played well,” Shonberger said. “Our midfield definitely had a strong showing, grew into the game. Both of our center backs had great games, and the forwards created a lot of opportunities.”

The Tigers will return to action with a home match match versus Battle Mountain on Tuesday at 6 p.m.

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