Malknecht lifts Summit in OT |

Malknecht lifts Summit in OT

Jessica Malknecht scored with just under three minutes left in the second overtime of Friday’s Jeffco League matchup at Arvada, giving the Tigers a 2-1 win.

It was the second straight narrow escape for the Summit High girls’ soccer team, and those two wins – combined with a season-opening 4-1 defeat of Jeffserson High School – gives the Tigers something they haven’t had in years: a full-on, official winning streak.

“We’re definitely excited with our record,” coach Emilie Theobold said. “It feels nice to have three wins already.”

Summit won just twice all of last year and only once in league play, when the team was throwing a smattering of freshmen into the lineup.

One year older and with a little more experience under their belts, the Tigers have gone from hoping to compete to expecting wins.

“We definitely expected to play with (Arvada),” Theobold said. “It was back and forth. We probably won more balls but we just couldn’t put them away.”

After a scoreless first half, Arvada scored just three minutes into the second, taking the 1-0 lead.

The Tigers answered back, though, on a goal from Malknecht.

While Summit failed to capitalize on some opportunities, Malknecht ended the game when she buried a feed from sophomore Nicole Chandler in overtime.

Goalkeeper Hailey Curnutte made six saves in the win.

“We definitely could’ve played better, but we’re happy to get the win,” Theobold said.

The Tigers (3-0, 1-0) travel to Buena Vista on Tuesday for a 4:30 p.m. match.

“We’re hoping to keep the momentum going,” Theobold said. “Based on last year’s game (against Buena Vista), we hope to come out at 4-0, but we’ll have to see how it goes.”

Summit also plays at St. Mary’s on Thursday.

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