SHS soccer dominates demons, 3-0 |

SHS soccer dominates demons, 3-0

Janice Kurbjun
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Summit High School’s footwork and speed produced 29 shots on goal during Thursday’s soccer game against Glenwood Springs. Unfortunately, the Demons’ senior keeper Jose Betancourt sent most of them back into the field.

The Tigers left the pitch the 3-0 victors in the match led by senior forwards Evan Feldman and Alan Roque and senior midfielder Cesar Serrano – who had a goal each. The Tigers’ record is now 1-1.

“It was outrageous,” Summit head coach Tommy Gogolen said of the number of shots on goal. “We’ve been working on (shots on goal). We have a very unselfish team and we need them to be selfish. If they have the opportunity for a shot, they need to shoot.”

Despite 16 shots on goal with none going to the back of the net in the first half, Summit’s players came back out onto the field with unmatched power and intensity.

Glenwood head coach Steve White noticed Summit’s speed on the field and speed with the game.

“They are bringing a great level of play into this league,” the coach said, adding that he thinks Summit, Steamboat, Glenwood and Battle Mountain will be teams to watch in the western slope league.

Roughly six minutes into the second half, Roque and Serrano assisted Feldman to finally break the barrier, sending the ball careening into the net. About five minutes later, Roque beat Glenwood’s defense, breaking away for another goal. Roque then helped senior midfielder Brayan Daniel for the third and final score.

“We were up against a good goalie,” Summit head coach Tommy Gogolen said, but he also said he was proud of his team’s effort in pressuring their opponent and keeping the ball at the opposite end of the field. Sophomore keeper Noah Glasco had two saves in the game and saw little action.

Gogolen also highlighted the performance of Max Ortiz, who wasn’t a dazzler, but played well throughout the game.

“He played phenomenally. He’d be my MVP for this game,” Gogolen said.

White highlighted Betancourt’s performance, which at some points had him laying out sideways in the air to make a save.

“He’s an incredible athlete,” White said. “He reads the game well.”

Senior center midfielder Mats Rosen was also a Demons’ highlight.

“He played his heart out and raised his level of play to the game presented,” White said.

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