SHS soccer finishes merciless weekend 0-3
COLORADO SPRINGS It would have taken quite an upset for the Summit High School boys soccer team to record its first win on Saturday, and the Tigers couldn’t produce it.Summit lost to Mullen, 4-0, then Liberty later that morning, 6-1, to wrap up a merciless weekend at the Cheyenne Mountain Tournament in Colorado Springs. Liberty is the defending 4A state champion, while Mullen was last year’s 4A runner-up. Summit (0-3) also dropped its Friday contest to the host team, a fellow quarterfinalist in last fall’s state tournament.Despite the defeats, SHS coach Peter Shafroth said, “The scores may not indicate it … but I still think there’s a chance (to make the playoffs again this year).”The Tigers trailed Mullen 1-0 at halftime of Saturday’s 8 a.m. match before losing steam late in the second half. Mullen scored its final three goals in the last 20 minutes of the match.In the 11 a.m. contest against Liberty, the Lancers jumped out front 1-0 in the first half before SHS sophomore Daniel Chapman took a pass from junior Jeff Spaulding and buried a beautiful shot into the left corner of the net from about 30 yards out. Liberty answered with another goal to make it 2-1 at the half, then the powerful program poured it on.Chapman’s score was the only one Liberty gave up all weekend; the Lancers beat Mullen 4-0 and Centaurus 10-0 before defeating Summit. “We actually felt pretty good about that, being able to keep up with them for 60 minutes,” Shafroth said. “Their coach was very impressed with our team.”Bryant Reinking played the Mullen match in goal for Summit, and Garrett Hedman manned the net against the Lancers. Shafroth said he’s been pleased with the play of both players and will continue platooning them for now.Summit’s coach also said Victor Casillas, Michael Infante, Chapman and Spaulding played well this weekend. The Tigers return to action Wednesday at Denver Christian. Their home opener is set for Saturday at 11 a.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or email@example.com.
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