Rain doesn’t dampen soccer victory over VMS | SummitDaily.com

Rain doesn’t dampen soccer victory over VMS

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news

Summit High’s boys’ soccer team was in attack mode Tuesday night in its match against Vail Mountain School, beating the Gore Rangers 3-0.

The players were soaked by the fluctuating mist and rain, but that didn’t stop the Tigers from keeping the ball at the Rangers’ end of the field most of the game, tumbling over each other at times to push the ball into the net. Seniors Evan Feldman scored two goals and Cesar Serrano one, with assists from Serrano to Feldman and Daniel McFadden tallying the other two.

“I thought the boys played fair. Coming out, we were the better team. I think my guys knew they were the better team. It’s hard to play at a really high level when you’re playing a little bit down. That’s a weakness we have to improve. All in all, the guys played good, not great,” head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “It wasn’t the prettiest, but we’ll take it.”

VMS brought the ball to the Tigers’ zone, but converted those drives to just four shots on goal, all of which sophomore keeper Noah Glasco saved. On the flip side, the Tigers challenged VMS keeper William Sterett with 20 shots.

VMS’ defense is its staple this season, keeping the team in the game against a state contender, VMS coach J.D. Caldwell said.

“I was definitely pleased with the effort. These guys played the full 80 minutes. I didn’t think we gave up too many opportunities. They are obviously a skilled team, but I’m proud of our boys that we can play with a lot of teams in the state,” Caldwell said.

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Gogolen highlighted the play of sophmores George Kasch and Greg Spaulding and junior Kai George as well as Peter Grotemeyer, who Gogolen said controlled the ball well throughout the game. Forward Alan Roque was out of the game with a hip injury.