Freshmen spark Tigers tie |

Freshmen spark Tigers tie

ENGLEWOOD – Two freshmen scored the first goals of the Summit High School girls soccer season, and the Tigers escaped Elizabeth with a 3-3 tie Thursday afternoon.

After going scoreless in its first two games and through Thursday’s first half, Summit got on the board when freshman Amelia Meier tied the game at 1-1. Fellow freshman Courtney Wade scored two minutes later to put Summit ahead

2-1. Two more Cardinal goals made it 3-2, but junior Kate Chapman scored the equalizer unassisted to produce the 3-3 tie. The teams played two scoreless overtimes.

“We out-played them,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky, whose Tigers out-shot the Cardinals 15-8. “And it’s hard not to think it was our game to win. But it’s still early in the season. We’re continuing just to find our legs on the field.”

After a taxing loss Tuesday at Mountain View, the Tigers (0-2-1 overall, 0-0-1 in the Class 4A Jeffco League) were sluggish in the first half Thursday. But a motivating speech at halftime helped turn things around.

“After being flat at the start, we got much better throughout the game, and there’s not much more a coach can ask for,” Krupanszky said.

The game was the first Jeffco contest of the season (and the first in Tigers girls soccer history). Summit returns to nonleague play with Thomas Jefferson on Saturday in Denver.

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