Summit High Sports Wrap-up: Tiger soccer and rugby win, football struggles
The Summit boys soccer team led the way for Tiger sports this week with a big 6-0 win over Palisade High School at home Saturday.
“Our boys dominated the game from the first whistle,” head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “They are looking solid.”
Senior Thomas DeBonville accounted for four of the team’s six goals. Earlier in the week the team traveled to Steamboat Springs and played to a 2-2 tie.
“Steamboat was a tough one to swallow,” Gogolen said, “credit to them they played really strong.”
The Tigers held the Sailors scoreless for much of the game, going up 2-0 before Steamboat fought back in the games final 20 minutes.
Saturday’s win puts the Tiger boys at 3-1-1 on the season. They will host Western Slope rival Battle Mountain Tuesday, Sept. 16, to kick off their in-conference schedule.
“It’s a huge game for both sides,” Gogolen said. “I think our boys are ready.”
Football: The Tiger boys football team fell at home to Woodland Park 12-3 Friday. This week it was the offense who struggled moving the ball.
“It’s a role reversal from Week 2,” head coach Dylan Hollingsworth said. “The defense got a lot of things cleaned up from the week before. Offensively we have to put points on the board.”
Senior running back Tristan McDonald was the lone bright spot on offense, rushing for 91 yards and catching one pass for a 25-yard gain. Quarterback Luke Egging completed just three passes on 11 attempts and rushed for -42 yards. Woodland Park’s defense accounted for seven sacks.
After scoring first, the Tiger offense was unable to capitalize on some big opportunities, including four dropped passes with no one to beat for the end zone.
“Four times we got receivers behind their defense and they dropped the ball,” Hollingsworth said. “If we make two of those catches it’s a completely different game.”
Unlike last week, Summit’s defense played strong for much of the game. Jack Anderson and Jordan Nelson led the team in tackles with eight each.
Woodland Park’s first score came in the second quarter, after a short Summit punt from deep in their own territory put the ball on the Tigers’ 33-yard line.
Up 6-3 Woodland Park scored their second touchdown in the third quarter on a long drive that started at their own 15 and included an impressive 40-yard gain on a screen pass.
The Tigers will need to find some consistency moving forward.
“If we had Week 1’s offense and Week 3’s defense, we’d look really good,” Hollingsworth said. “This is the most talented group in the last four years. I’m not sure they believe that themselves.”
The team will play at Palisade Saturday, Sept. 20.
“We need to come with our hard hats on. Things get tough from here. Palisade’s one of the favorites in the Western Slope,” Hollingsworth said.
Rugby: The Summit rugby team kicked off their season Saturday with a convincing 64-7 win over Regis Jesuit, extending their six-year win streak into its seventh season. The team will be looking to bring home their seventh consecutive state title this year. They’ll host Fort Collins Saturday, Sept. 20.
Cross Country: The Gypsum Creek Golf Course hosted the annual Eagle Valley Invitational cross-country meet Saturday. The Tiger boys team finished third overall of 17 teams participating. Eagle Valley won the meet with 51 points, Montrose finished second with 68 and Summit was third with 121. Colin McGrew was the top Summit finisher in 12th place with a time of 18:32. Alex Mason crossed the line in 16th with a time of 19:02.
The Eagle Valley girls team also finished first on their home turf with 43 points. The Tiger girls finished second with 52. Montrose was third with 67. Ruthie Boyd was the race champion finishing in 19:47. McKenna Ramsay earned a third-place finish with a 20:26. The team will travel to Glenwood Springs High School for their next meet, Friday, Sept. 19.
Volleyball: The girls volleyball team fell to 0-2 in conference play this week with losses at home to Steamboat Springs and at Delta. They will host Palisade Tuesday, Sept. 16, and travel to Battle Mountain Thursday, Sept. 18.
Golf: Summit senior Garrison Ortega led the way for the boys golf team scoring a 78 in their final regular season tournament at the Keystone Ranch Golf Course. The team will travel to Durango Monday for a practice round before regionals Tuesday.
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