Lady Tigers come back for first victory
LAKEWOOD – You can forget about those scoring woes for the Summit High School girls soccer team.Led by two goals and an assist from sophomore Hannah Harvey, the Tigers came from behind three times before finally edging 4A Jeffco League foe Alameda 4-3 at Lakewood Memorial Field on Friday.The win was Summit’s first of the season, and so were the goals.”It was a long time coming,” first-year SHS coach Stephanie Johnson said.The Tigers (1-2, 1-1 in Jeffco play) had been outscored 7-0 in a pair of defeats before breaking through on Friday. Not that it came easy.The host Pirates jumped on top with a goal in the 11th minute and held that lead for much of the first half before Harvey’s first goal tied it in the 35th minute. The fleet-footed sophomore took a pass from senior Amelia Meier then deked a defender before burying her shot.Alameda reclaimed the lead about five minutes later, just seconds before the first half ended, to take a 2-1 advantage into the final 40 minutes. Early in that second half, Harvey was taken down in the box and senior Kirsten Cooper buried the subsequent penalty kick on a precise shot into the lower-lefthand corner.The Pirates regained their advantage when they were awarded a PK of their own on an intentional handball shortly thereafter. They, too, buried their free shot for a 3-2 lead.Not to be denied, Summit fought back once again and tied it in the 67th minute, when Emma Koenig took a pass from Harvey and found the net.Harvey then scored the game-winner off an assist from senior midfielder Courtney Wade in the 73rd minute. She deked two defenders before sniping a nice shot from just inside the 18-yard box.Offensive positioning, Johnson said, proved key for Summit on Friday, especially with Harvey and Koenig.”They were definitely in the right place at the right time the whole second half,” the coach said.Sophomore Emily Hawkins continues to play well in goal for the Tigers. Despite a bruised shoulder, she stopped a number of one-on-one Pirate chances to preserve the much-needed victory.Summit will go for two straight wins today at Skyview.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13630, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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