Summit High’s Lady Tigers suffer tough loss at home
The girls soccer team played a tight game against Palisade High School in their second to last home game of the season on Tuesday, April 21. Coach Tommy Gogolen explained, “Palisade is a really strong opponent, especially in our league. We knew going into the game we had our challenges ahead of ourselves.”
Palisade came into the game making a bid for a playoff spot, giving Summit the perfect opportunity to play the spoiler. After an early goal by Palisade, the Tigers applied pressure and spent most of the first half in Bulldogs’ territory. A couple of close chances on corner kicks just missed their marks leaving Summit down 1-0 at halftime.
The Tigers came out strong in the second half and kept the one goal margin for another 30 minutes. Freshman Tanner McCann then scored a huge goal on a cross to tie the game at 1-1. Coach Gogolen commented that the game was a “wake up call for Palisade with playoff hopes on the line.” The stars from the Palisade team took over from that point, scoring two goals in the last seven minutes to cement a victory. Summit was not expected to play as close of a game as they did and Coach Gogolen reiterated that he was, “really proud of the girls, even though we lost it was still a success from my standpoint.” The Tigers also received a fantastic performance from junior goalie Lexi Vanderhoeven who recorded 18 saves in the 3-1 loss.
Summit will take on Glenwood Springs on Thursday, April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Summit High School field. They will close out the season with three road games, including a makeup game at Rifle which had to be rescheduled after the original match was postponed due to weather.
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