Lady Tigers hoping to improve on 3-win season
FARMER’S KORNER – The girls soccer banners hanging in the Summit High School gymnasium haven’t been changed for a long time. The banners, hanging in the same gym the Tigers are forced to practice in due to all the snow covering fields in the High Country, show Summit hasn’t won a regional championship since 1995. Blame can’t be laid on the Summit athletes or their coaches. It’s all on Mother Nature. Transferring schemes (the Tigers run a 4-4-2 with no sweeper) from a basketball gym to a 120-by-70 yard field is a daunting task, especially when the competition acquires grass stains in practice instead of floor burns.Summit is coming off a 3-8-2 season under second-year head coach Dirk Parmley, but the Tigers only lose four starting seniors from last year’s squad.
Parmley is excited about the season, and said the annual problem of moving from gym to field is one the team just has to get over.”It’s something we’ve been doing for years,” Parmley said of practicing indoors. “It’s something we’re not going to change up here until there’s an all-purpose indoor facility we can use, so we try to make the best of it.”Practice hasn’t been completely restricted to the hardwood. Last week, the Tigers traveled to Denver to scrimmage perennial power Kent Denver. Summit played well, tying the Sun Devils in one game and losing 1-0 in another. Parmley said the girls have an ability to stay close with most teams. “Except for our record, I was really happy with our season last year,” Parmley said. “We hung with every team but (Ralston Valley).”Most of the 2005 team has played together for several years. Parmley expects the close bond between the girls to have an effect on future nailbiters.
“My goal for the team is at least fourth in the (Jeffco) league, which will qualify us for the playoffs,” Parmley said.The only freshman on the varsity team, Hannah Harvey is already impressed with the team chemistry, and said she can learn from any of the older girls.When asked to pick out the leaders, Parmley had a few in mind including senior goalie and forward Jamie Norton, or junior midfielder Courtney Wade, but he said senior defender Shelly Mauch stands out as the loudest.”Shelley is the most vocal leader I’ve had in a long time,” Parmley said. “She’s a great on-the-field leader.”
Mauch, who will play soccer in college at Fort Lewis College in Durango, has played for the Tigers since her freshman year. She knows the Tigers’ history on the pitch and gave a convincing endorsement of her team’s chances to turn it around.”This is the team that can do it,” Mauch said. “If there was a team in my four years here that could make a run, this is it,”The Tigers kick off the season at Battle Mountain at 3:00 p.m. Andy Frame can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at email@example.com.
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