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D’Evelyn downs Tigers at home

BRYCE EVANS
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Summit County, Colorado

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FARMER’S KORNER – Junior Mark Nowakiwsky finished off a breakaway for Summit’s first goal of the game with 2:20 remaining Thursday night, but it wasn’t enough to lead a Tiger comeback against a tough D’Evelyn squad at Tiger Stadium.

“It’s hard when you’re down a couple goals, one goal or two goals, and to come back. It’s hard to get that momentum back,” SHS head coach Matt Zeiset said. ” … You need some sort of spark, you need a goal to get you going. Our goal unfortunately came too late.”

The Tigers finished the match with a 2-1 loss – and with quite a bit of disappointment in a game that simply got away from them.

Summit played strong early on against its Jeffco League foe, creating chances and thwarting the Jaguar offense at every turn. Ball possession was mostly in Summit’s favor throughout the first half, but it was D’Evelyn that capitalized.

The Tigers went into a bit of a lull for roughly 10 minutes in the middle of the first half, and D’Evelyn took full advantage.

The Jaguars netted their first goal on a pretty shot from nearly 30 yards away. The D’Evelyn forward rifled the ball in the top-right corner of the net, just out of reach of Summit’s Sergio Ruiz.

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The visitors scored again only moments later off a free kick, when a Jaguar forward knocked in a nifty deflection from in close.

Suddenly, the Tigers trailed 2-0.

“We competed with them, but we let down too much and too often,” Zeiset said. “You have to play all 80 minutes. It’s as simple as that. … We didn’t necessarily do that.”

The Tigers fought hard from there on out, creating a slew of opportunities they just couldn’t finish.

By the time Nowakiwsky netted Summit’s lone goal – which came after the midfielder outran three Jaguar defenders to track down a loose ball just outside the box – the Tigers’ hopes of a win were pretty much gone.

Summit (1-4-3) is right back in action Saturday, when the Tigers play host to Ridgeview Academy at 1 p.m. at The Mine.

Zeiset didn’t mince words about what he wants out of that match.

“We need a win,” the coach said. “I don’t think I need to tell anyone (on the team) for them to know we need to pick up another win.”