Summit High Sports Wrap-up: Soccer and rugby keep rolling, volleyball finds a win
Boys soccer and girls rugby led the way once again this week in Tiger sports, each putting up some convincing performances in their drives toward post-season aspirations. The girls volleyball team also found a way to win, while the football team’s tough season continued.
Soccer: The Tigers held on to first place in the Western Slope this week with wins at Eagle Valley and Palisade. Summit topped Eagle 2-0 Thursday, Sept. 25, with both of their goals coming in the first half. They followed that up with a dominating 4-0 win against Palisade Saturday. The Tigers are currently 6-0-1 in the conference, 8-1-1 overall. They’ll face Western Slope rival Steamboat Springs in a divisional rematch at home Tuesday evening, Sept. 30. Earlier in the year the Tigers played to a 2-2 tie at Steamboat. The Sailors are currently No. 2 in the conference at 5-1-1, 6-2-1 overall. Their only conference loss came to Battle Mountain.
Rugby: The girls rugby team’s new offense appears to be firing on all cylinders. They dismantled Chaparral at home Friday night 52-0, continuing their six-year win streak deeper into its seventh season. The team is now 3-0 on the year. They’ll host Northside Saturday, Oct. 4.
Volleyball: The girls volleyball team earned their second win of the season Saturday, beating Rifle at home in four sets, 25-18,12-18,17-25, 25-21.
“It was nice to pull out a win,” Tiger coach Liz Waddick said. “It was good for them to have that.”
While the Tigers have looked strong on defense this season led in part by Abby McDonald and Lexi Zangari, the team’s offense has struggled so far. Serving errors and inconsistent scoring has been a problem.
“It’s definitely been tough, but the girls are playing tough,” Waddick said. She hopes that some changes on offense could help them turn things around for the latter half of the season.
“We have the talent, we’re just not executing,” she said of her young team. “They’re really dedicated to getting better.”
The win is just their second of the season. With a number of in-conference matches remaining, the lady Tigers are 1-5 in the Western Slope, 2-8 overall.
Waddick said that if they can take more risks on offense and play to win rather than just trying to stay in games, they may be able to turn things around.
“We know we can do a lot better.”
The team will host Glenwood Springs Thursday, Oct. 2.
Football: It was another tough outing for the Tiger football team. Summit let up 41 points in the first half at Eagle Valley Friday night, eventually losing 41-7. The Tigers’ lone score came in the fourth quarter on a long run off a screen pass from Luke Egging to Tristan McDonald.
“It was not a good evening,” Tiger head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said.
“We were disappointed. They’re better than they’re playing and they don’t necessarily believe it,” he added.
In each of the team’s previous losses it was a case of either the defense or the offense not playing well. Hollingsworth had said previously if they could both get it together the team would be formidable.
Last week, however, neither could find any consistency. Even the offensive line which had previously carried a strong ground game wasn’t clicking.
“Our offensive line seemed to be confused by what they were doing,” Hollingsworth explained.
Injuries continue to be a factor for a team that was already thin at a number of positions.
The loss drops Summit to 0-2 in conference and 1-4 on the season.
They will host Delta for homecoming Friday night, Oct. 3, at Tiger Stadium.
“They’re going to come with something to prove,” Hollingsworth said. Delta — previously one of the top-ranked teams in to the state — lost at home to Rifle Saturday 36-19. Both teams are playoff contenders with state title aspirations.
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