Summit High soccer strong against No. 1 Wheat Ridge
April 23, 2009
In what SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen called the team’s “biggest game of the year,” the Summit High girls’ soccer team faced off against the No. 1 team in the state Thursday night at Wheat Ridge.
Though the Tigers wound up with a 6-0 loss, Gogolen couldn’t have been happier with his team’s performance.
“Our girls knew it was going to be tough coming in, and they hung in there,” the coach said. “It felt like a win tonight, and I’m not just saying that because I’m there coach and I’m proud of them.”
In her first career start in goal, Summit’s Lara Silven had a tremendous game. The senior ” having only played one half of goalie in her career ” made an astounding 21 saves in the game.
“She was absolutely incredible,” Gogolen said. “The other team’s coaches and the refs came up to me afterward and said, ‘Wow, who’s your goalie?'”
The Tigers only trailed 3-0 at halftime and managed to hold Wheat Ridge to just three goals again in the second half.
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“It was great to see the way that they hung in there,” Gogolen said. “It would have been easy for them to hang their heads and end up getting mercy-ruled.”
Gogolen hopes that the “moral victory” can give the Tigers some momentum heading into a tough stretch of games to close out the season. Summit has three games from Monday through Wednesday against some difficult teams.
“It’s going to be extremely hard,” Gogolen said, “but I’ve been telling the girls that they have three hard games and then the season’s over. They can leave it all on the field, because they’re not going to get it back.”
The Tigers play at Golden on Monday at 5 p.m.
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