SHS soccer beats Conifer 4-1 to take regular season finale
CONIFER – Like diamonds to a girl, balance can be a soccer team’s best friend.The Summit High School boys soccer squad would attest to that, after beating Conifer 4-1 behind four different goal scorers Tuesday night in the team’s final regular season match.The win brought Summit’s record to 9-3-3 overall, and 6-2 in the 4A Jeffco League. More important, Summit’s overall record, according to SHS coach Peter Shafroth, put it in second place in the league ahead of Evergreen, which also finished 6-2 in league play and beat Summit head to head – but ended the year at 9-4-1 overall.
If this ranking stands, Summit would likely host a state playoff game in the first round of the tournament late next week. Shafroth said he expects to find out his team’s fate on Monday.Despite a rather lackluster first half Tuesday, the Tigers dominated the Lobos in the final 40 minutes, putting three scores on the board and erasing any doubt that they’re one of the teams to beat in the state’s 4A class this year.”We didn’t play a great first half, but we really took control in the second half,” said Shafroth.
Senior co-captain Chris Nowakiwsky opened the scoring on an assist from Kevin Pelen to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead going into the break. It was Nowakiwsky’s 10th goal of the year, the second straight season he’s reached double digits.Pelen then benefited from a Nowakiwsky assist to give Summit a 2-0 lead early in the second half, beating Conifer’s backup keeper easily for his team-leading 12th score. (The Lobos’ starting goalie was ejected after crashing into Pelen midway through the first half “incredibly hard,” Shafroth said.)Senior Tyler Brooks buried the third SHS goal – his third of the year – on a feed from Pelen, who took the ball on a long run up the sideline before making a perfect pass to Brooks.
Jeff Spaulding ended the Tigers’ scoring with his second goal of the year late in the half. He put the ball through the keeper’s legs off an assist from Armando Gutierrez. The Lobos got their only goal late in the game, after it had been decided. It was just the 12th goal all year given up by SHS keeper Kylor Dossett, a senior who has played every minute of every match.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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