Summit High boys soccer explodes offensively versus Glenwood Springs; Volleyball drops pair of close matches
The Summit High School boys soccer team had one great win and a tough loss, while the girls volleyball team suffered two defeats in recent days. The records for the varsity programs now stand at 3-4-1 and 2-5, respectively.
On their home turf on Tuesday, the Tigers soccer side played their fourth 4A Western Slope League game of the season versus High Country rival Eagle Valley, who entered the game with a 1-6 record, but fresh off of a 9-3 win over Palisade.
Tuesday’s match proved to be an offensive outburst for the Tigers, as the squad found the back of the net on three goals in the first half and three goals in the second half in a dominating performance.
The Tigers were once again led by their platoon of senior offensive playmakers, receiving goals and assists from nine different players, including seven seniors. Senior forward Ismael Valenzuela led the way for Summit with a pair of goals and was joined in the scoring column by Summit senior playmaker Farid Infante, senior Angel Rios, senior center back Peter Haynes and sophomore Ivan Gutierrez.
Gutierrez also added an assist. He was one of five Tigers on the afternoon to provide the crucial pass on eventual goals, including Tigers seniors Armando Sanchez, Demary Frater, Evan Wolfson and junior Saul Enriquez Munoz. Tigers senior goalkeeper Michael Sandoval added four saves while manning net.
With the victory, Summit improved its record to 3-3-1 on the season and 2-1-1 in league play.
Then on Thursday, Summit fell by the score of 4-1 at Glenwood Springs. The Tigers found the back of the net once on the afternoon during a first half when the Demons outscored Summit 3-1 to take control of the game. Glenwood Springs junior goalkeeper Carlos Guardado stopped three Summit shots over the 80 minutes, as the Demons were led offensively via the pair of goals from senior Leo Mireles.
The Tigers boys varsity soccer team (3-4-1, 2-2-1) is next in action at home on Tuesday at 6 p.m. versus league rival Battle Mountain. Heading into the weekend, Summit ranks in fourth place of the seven teams in the 4A Western Slope League standings, behind first-place Battle Mountain (7-1-1, 5-0-1), Glenwood Springs (6-3-1, 5-1-1) and Steamboat Springs (6-2-1, 2-2-1).
The Summit girls volleyball team also played on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, on both evenings dropping close 3-2 contests to league opponents.
Tuesday on the road at Glenwood Springs, the Tigers got off to a great start with wins in the first two sets by the scores of 25-21 and 25-18. But the Demons roared back on their home court with victories of 28-26, 25-19 and 15-12 over the final three frames to escape with the win.
Then on Thursday, the Tigers once again got off to a hot start, this time at home with a 29-27 first set win versus Steamboat Springs. The Sailors knotted up the contest with a 25-13 win in the second set before Summit again took control of the game in the third set 25-22. The Tigers couldn’t close out the win, however, dropping the fourth set 25-21 before the Sailors took the game with a final frame victory of 15-13.
Heading into Friday and Saturday’s varsity tournament at Battle Mountain, Summit’s record of 1-4 in league play ranked them in sixth place of seven teams in 4A Western Slope League play. The Tigers will next play at home on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. versus Battle Mountain.
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