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Tiger soccer ties at Denver North

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
Summit County, Colorado

FARMER’S KORNER – Summit head coach Matt Zeiset didn’t want to sugarcoat his team’s performance in a nonleague match at Denver North on Thursday.

“It was an overall disappointing finish for us,” he said. “We should have left with the win, and we didn’t.”

Instead, the Tigers squandered an early lead, only to come back late in the game to steal a tie on a last minute goal from Drake Blass.

The Tiger coach felt his team played similar to the 2-2 tie it had with Steamboat Springs on Tuesday.

“We just came out extremely flat again,” Zeiset said. “We need to work on being mentally prepared for games.”

Summit scored early on a pretty play from Stale Norman to Luis Nogueda. Norman sent a cross from the right side to a streaking Nogueda in front of the net, and the senior captain knocked it in for the 1-0 lead.

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Then, the Tigers went into a lull.

They gave up a goal only 10 minutes later on a misplayed ball in their own box, and then Denver North scored again right before the break.

“Unlucky goals happen, and you need to bounce back. But our guys went into a mental hole there and failed to knock the ball around and keep playing,” Zeiset said.

Summit didn’t play much different after the break, that is until about five minutes remaining in the game.

That’s when Blass blasted a shot in from the box off a centering pass from Jackson Hill.

“The boys showed some heart and finally gained their composure and knocked the ball around in the last five minutes and earned themselves a solid equalizer,” Zeiset said. ” … It was a nice way to finish up.”

Summit (0-1-2) will have to wait until Saturday to try to pick up its first win of the fall. The Tigers travel to take on Rifle at noon.