Lady Tigers soccer ends season with snowy road loss
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ARVADA ” Playing their final Summit High School girls soccer match in a foggy snowstorm (fitting for a weather-riddled team that never played at home this season), the seven Lady Tiger seniors went out with a hard-fought loss against touted Conifer at the North Area Athletic Complex on Monday.
Star sophomore Hannah Harvey scored Summit’s only goal in a 2-1 defeat that “could’ve gone either way,” first-year SHS head coach Stephanie Johnson said.
The Lobos scored twice in the first half, then held on for the tight win despite Harvey’s goal with about 20 minutes to play. Harvey, who scored 10 of Summit’s 17 goals this season, deked a defender then buried a low shot past Conifer’s charging keeper.
Summit finishes the season at 4-7-1 overall, 3-5-1 in the 4A Jeffco League. Conifer, meanwhile, stands at 9-3 (6-3 Jeffco) with two matches to play.
According to Johnson, Mother Nature never even hinted at giving the Tigers a balmy farewell setting.
“We got down there, and it was so foggy you could barely see from one goal post to another,” she said. “And then it just started snowing. It was so cold all our girls kept their pants on for the game.”
Summit’s precise short passing game enabled plenty of scoring opportunities, but it wasn’t meant to be for the outgoing seniors: Kirsten Cooper, Jackie Koetteritz, Katie Hartman, Ashley Peskar, Madi Lord, Amelia Meier and Courtney Wade.
“They’ve had a great four years,” Johnson said of the group. “They’ve been playing together since they were in middle school. They’re a great group of girls. It’s gonna be sad to see them leave. My first year coaching with the team, they were freshmen.”
Although the Tigers’ regular season is over, Summit will play an intrasquad match Wednesday at SHS to give the players a chance to compete on home turf.
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