Tigers soccer lose OT thriller to Devils, 3-4
Summit vs. Eagle Valley — Oct. 13
1Q 2Q OT1 Final
Summit 2 1 0 3
EVHS 2 1 1 4
Hollywood would have sent the script back.
It’s senior night and senior Juan Garduno feeds senior Carlos Chavez for the game winner in overtime and, by the way, that goal completed Chavez’s hat trick.
No way. That’s too over the top, even for Hollywood.
Yet, that was how it ended for Eagle Valley on an emotional senior night with a 4-3 win against Summit on Thursday in Gypsum.
“It was (a) great night for the seniors,” Devils coach Bratzo Horrutiner said. “They played with all their heart. The team played for them. They showed a winning attitude and they brought the best out of the team.”
Summit had the momentum early. Senior Carlos Martinez got his head on the ball in the first five minutes to give his team the lead, followed by fellow senior Cole Catron on a penalty kick and junior Conor Craig on a rip from the outside. The Tigers were ahead 3-2 with eight minutes remaining — shades of a home win against the Devils earlier this season — but Eagle Valley had other ideas.
The Devils were down three times. The Devils came back three times. Senior Edgar Palacios to Chavez was the first. Christer Serna, who isn’t a senior, fed Garduno for the second. Chavez had the equalizer and then Garduno to Chavez in extra time set off a celebration to remember.
“You could see the momentum change in those last eight minutes,” Summit head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “They were pressuring, moving guys up to the attack, and that put a lot of pressure on our back line.”
Summit’s senior night comes on Oct. 20 against bottom-dwelling Rifle. It’s a junk game in terms of standings and the post-season, but it’s always nice to end with a manageable opponent for the home crowd.
The Tigers (8-5 overall, 6-4 league) have another tough, must-win match on Oct. 18 when they travel to Steamboat Springs (10-3 overall, 8-2 league). A win there keeps Summit’s postseason hopes alive — just barely, but there’s still a chance. The top 32 teams in 4A go to the postseason, and right now Summit is ranked 41 behind Eagle Valley at 36 and Steamboat at 25. Battle Mountain tops things for the 4A Slope at 11. (How odd is the rankings system? Thompson Valley is 32 with a record of 4-9-1.)
“I don’t think postseason is ruled out, but I don’t think the percentage is high,” Gogolen said. “With this whole RPI (ratings percentage index) thing — this is the first year it’s been in place — we really don’t know. We’re at the mercy of the computer calculations at this point.”
Stubler Memorial Field in Glenwood Springs? Pfft.
Battle Mountain soccer (12-2 overall, 10-1 league) had no issue with its traditional house of horrors, or the Demons, in a 5-0 win at Glenwood Springs, pushing the Huskies to the brink of a league title.
Juan Macias had a hat trick. Creek Kamby remained red hot with another goal and Taylor Staughton also scored.
The Huskies welcomed Erik Solis back from injury and Alan Villegas had the shutout.
Now, Battle Mountain gets to wait for Steamboat. To keep their championship hopes alive, the Sailors must win against Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 18. A win would set up the Slope title game in Edwards on Thursday, Oct. 20.
“That’s the dream for players, coaches and fans,” Cope said. “Add in that it’s senior night and we have 15 seniors and it’s going to be a fun night for everybody.”
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