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A tie worth celebrating

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news
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ARVADA – Sometimes a tie feels like a letdown. Sometimes it tastes like water. Then there are the times when it feels like an achievement worth enjoying, at least for a day or two.The latter explanation seemed to fit the sentiments of Summit High School’s girls soccer team Tuesday, when the Tigers played traditionally strong Evergreen to a 2-2 draw at a very windy North Area Athletic Complex. As SHS coach Stephanie Johnson pointed out, the Cougars handed Summit a 6-0 shellacking last year, not an easy result to forget.

“This is a big deal,” Johnson said of Summit’s tie on Tuesday. “This is one of our best games yet.”Evergreen isn’t the same powerhouse this year as it has been – the Cougars are 3-5-1, only slightly better than Summit’s 3-6-1 – but that didn’t dilute the satisfaction for the Tigers.”It’s definitely something to be proud of,” Johnson said. “We talked about how it was a team effort and how effective we are when we play as a team.”

It should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed this year’s Tigers that Hannah Harvey scored both goals Tuesday, giving her 20 of the team’s 25 this season. The first came on a penalty kick after Emma Koenig was taken down in the box in the 11th minute; and the second came off a pretty pass from Tory Sigmond in the 60th minute. Evergreen scored early in the second half then again on an own goal with 5 minutes to go in the game.Johnson said defenders Emily George and Alison McCarthy led a strong back-line effort for Summit, helping to shut down the Evergeen strikers.

“Obviously we would’ve liked to win with how much time we led, but we’ll take the tie,” the SHS coach said. “We just stepped up like you would not believe.”Summit’s final game before spring break comes Friday against Ralston Valley.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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