Summit soccer comes up just short
April 10, 2009
Their play was different ” the Tigers controlled the ball, played solid defensively and worked hard from start to finish.
Unfortunately, the result was the same, and the Summit High girls’ soccer team had to settle for a
3-1 loss at Englewood High School Thursday night.
“We played well,” SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “I’m really proud of the way our girls played so hard.”
Robyn Kresge scored the Tigers’ lone goal, and Kayla Gray made six saves in her first-career start between the pipes.
“It feels really good for them to have a competitive game,” Gogolen said. “The girls walked off the field having had a lot of fun.”
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The Tigers were tied 1-1 at halftime due to Kresge’s goal. Kresge took a pass from Hannah Banks and rifled a shot into the left corner of the net.
“She had a stand out game for us,” Gogolen said of Kresge. “She had a few opportunities to score and put away a big one for us.”
Englewood stormed out of the gates in the
second half, scoring a goal only minutes after the break. The home team added another goal late and ended with a 3-1 win.
Despite the loss, Gogolen was very pleased with his team’s performance, particularly his sophomore goaltender.
“She played really well and she’s normally our starting striker,” Gogolen said of Gray, who was playing in place of the injured Hailey Curnutte. “She did a great job filling in for us.”
Senior Rachel Meyers played an exceptional game for Summit in her first-career start, Gogolen said. Meyers had never played soccer before this season, but has worked her way into the Tigers’ starting lineup.
“I’m really proud of her effort,” Gogolen said. ” … She played about 72 minutes for us and played great and gave us some good opportunities on offense.”
The coach also credited senior captain Rachel Burnette for having a strong performance, saying that she is the “heart and soul” of the Tigers and that her teammates feed off her leadership.
Summit (2-8) now has more than a week off for spring break before returning to the pitch on April 21.
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