SHS roundup: Soccer on a roll
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The Summit boys’ soccer team won comfortably against the Conifer Lobos Wednesday by a score of 5-1. However, the game wasn’t as easy as the final score suggests, coach Matt Zeiset said.
The Tigers opened scoring early with a free kick whipped into the back of the post from about 30 yards by Danny Urrutia. The Conifer keeper failed to get a strong hand to the ball, and it found its way to the back of the net.
Minutes later, Summit struck again when Alan Roque broke down the left flank and beat the keeper, making it two-nil in the opening five minutes of the game.
“We were on cruise control at that point and repeatedly pressed forward with quality attempts on goal and a number of dangerous corner kicks,” Zeiset said. “However, the Conifer side did well to keep the ball out of the back of the net and was rewarded with a goal of their own with two minutes left in the half.”
Cameron Loucks found freshman goalkeeper Noah Glasco off his line and knocked a shot in from roughly 55 yards. After dominating the majority of the first half, the Tigers suddenly found themselves in a tight contest heading into the break, Zeiset said.
The boys rebounded well in the second half and once again came out strong. The Lobos defended well, but were beat in the 54th minute when Roque centered a ball to Mark Nowakiwsky, who put the ball in the back of the net.
Frustrations and tempers flared a bit after that for the Conifer side, which had a player ejected with about 20 minutes to play. The Tigers took advantage of the situation, and five minutes later Urrutia fed sophomore Evan Feldman, who advanced the score to a comfortable 4-1.
Summit maintained the majority of possession for the rest of the game working the ball around well, Zeiset said. The boys finished the night off when Nowakiwsky was brought down in the box with nine minutes to play. Nowakiwsky calmly slammed the resulting penalty kick home to cap the scoring for the evening.
Summit is home on Monday in another league battle against Evergreen.
The Lady Tigers rugby team welcomed back several seniors including captain Haley “Peach” Anderson Tuesday at home against Regis Jesuit (1-2).
Anderson totaled 23 points, a try and nine conversions, to become the second player in Summit history to eclipse 300 career points, while Kelly Joyce added two tries coming off the bench.
The home team scored minutes into the game on junior No. 8 Chelsea Christianson’s try in the corner and, in typical style, kept the pressure on visiting Regis Jesuit with intensity on both sides of the ball, head coach Karl Barth said.
Summit led 38-0 at halftime on tries from Christianson, Rita Foth, Emy Griffith and Jenna Roger.
“Roger’s try showcased the potential of the Tiger backline as Anderson and Griffith used two long, flat passes to put Roger, who was inserting from fullback, outside the aggressive Regis defense,” Barth said.
Roger glided in from 20 meters out for the score.
The second half saw more of the same, as strong defense and a patient, unrelenting attack frustrated the Regis offense. The Lady Tigers punished mistakes with six more tries collectively from Joyce, Meg Weldon, Chloe Dudick, Anne Parker and Anderson, as well as five conversions by the captain including two from the sidelines.
“Peach was on song with the boot and watching her run the game is like watching Tom Brady running the no huddle – calm and calculating, just pulling the strings,” Barth said.
The Tiger defense pitched its 17th shutout over the last 21 games, during which the team has given up 33 points.
Despite the defensive domination displayed over the last three years vice-captain Emy Griffith referred to the team as a “work in progress,” and although pleased with the early season form she concedes there is work to be done.
“We can tackle better and increase our line speed, but for the second game I thought it was pretty good,” the senior said after the game.
After the home opener, the players had worked on coming up flat in defense, their body position in contact and quicker ball at the breakdown.
All-state flanker Chloe Dudick was pleased with the work in those areas.
“We did much better in the areas we identified Saturday as weaknesses and targeted for improvement,” said Dudick. “We are starting to gel in the forwards and it feels good.”
The Tigers (2-0) travel to Highlands Ranch (1-1) Tuesday, before returning to Tiger Stadium next Saturday to host Chaparral.
“The results are in for the 2011 Dos Rios Invitational swim meet, I mean, golf tournament,” head coach Gary Sorensen joked, noting the weather during the competition.
Summit left its two most experienced players in school in order to give the next five an opportunity to play for the final two regional spots, which Sorensen will announce next week.
Considering the less than ideal conditions (about 55 degrees) and steady rain, interupted by heavy rain, the group of young golfers played exceptionally well, Sorensen said.
They finished fourth out of 10 teams with Dave Metzger in a tie for 10th individually.
“I think it is fair to say that the conditions added six to eight strokes to everyone there,” he said.
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