SHS booters fall to Kent Denver |

SHS booters fall to Kent Denver

Jason Starr

ENGLEWOOD<What could have been a major upset turned into a moral victory Saturday for the Summit High School girls soccer team.The Tigers had Kent Denver exactly where they wanted it<within a goal early in the second half<when Sun Devils forward Susan Darrah dribbled through a host of defenders on a solo run from beyond midfield andscored the back-breaking third goal in a 3-1 Kent win.But Summit (2-3 overall, 1-1 in the Class 4A Metro League) is not ashamed of a moral victory, especially against a ranked 3A opponent that beat it 10-0 last year.3There were a lot of positives in this game, said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky. 3We played with them all over the field the whole game.3We did a lot of stuff you need to do to beat a good team. Not enough, but pretty close.They were close until Darrah1s score increased Kent1s lead to two goals with 26 minutes left in the game. It came during a stretch of play the Tigers were dominating. Summit controlled the second half untilDarrah picked up a loose ball near midfield and headed straight for the net.3She dribbled through our team and scored, said Summit goalie Betsy Sodaro, who came out to challenge Darrah but saw the ball go under her sliding body.The goal didn1t affect any momentum the Tigers built with a solid first half and a dominating first 10 minutes of the second half, according to Sodaro.3We came out so pumped and ready and feeling good because of our first half, she said. 3We still got a lot of shots after (the third goal). We didn1t let it bring us down.Summit senior Amanda Groneman made a few late-game runs at freshman keeper Cambrie Nelson, who entered the game in the second half for the Sun Devils. But Groneman1s best chances went high or wide.3We had quite a few good chances, Krupanszky said. 3The offense traditionally is the last thing to click in. We1re just about getting into midseason form.Kate Chapman scored Summit1s goal when she caught Kent1s starting goalie Emily Wasserman off guard with a shot from outside the 18-yard box. The shot sailed over the backpedaling Wasserman and turned a 2-0 Kent lead into a 2-1 one with four and a half minutes remaining in the first half.Kent opened the scoring when Hailey Marsh lofted a chip pass in front to Allison Green, who headed it past Sodaro. Kent1s next goal was also a header, the result of the Summit defense not accounting for aplayer during a Kent corner kick. The ball was redirected into the net by Darrah on a shot from Lauren Schopp.Summit1s defense, led by senior Abi Beer and backed by Sodaro, kept the game close.3I think we played awesome, Sodaro said. 3In the past, we1ve gotten worked by them. Today we definitely gave them a run for their money.Summit hopes to take this momentum into an upcoming stretch of league games – Skyview Monday, Englewood Wednesday and Sheridan Friday – that will take them into spring break.

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