SHS soccer falls short in regionals |

SHS soccer falls short in regionals

Jason Starr

This is not the way Amanda Groneman or the Summit High School soccer team wanted to go out.

Groneman, the SHS senior and two-sport star, battled a stomach ailment the night before and during what turned out to be the final game of her stellar high school career.

With their leading scorer unable to give 100 percent, the Tigers were shut out 4-0 Friday in a regional playoff against Evergreen in Lakewood. Summit came one win short of reaching the state tournament, where it lost in the first round last year.

It was also the final game for seniors Betsy Sodaro, Megan Kincaid, Shannon Downen, Abi Beer and Kelly Ahern. Senior Jaime Dunning was unable to play because of an injury, and sophomore starter Emilee Sandsmark also was limited with an injury.

“The chips were kind of against us to start,” said Summit coach Charlie Krupanszky, who finished his third year as Tigers coach. “Although Amanda played, she was feeling pretty sick the whole game. She didn’t play the whole game. She kind of came in and out.”

The Cougars scored consecutive goals three minutes apart early in the first half. They added a third in the 18th minute. Summit’s defense tightened up to remain three goals down going into halftime.

“We held them off the rest of the half then regrouped at halftime,” Krupanszky said. But a second-half chip shot made it 4-0 and ended any hopes for the Tigers.

With Groneman unable to create offense like she normally does, Summit had few opportunities to get back into the game.

“We had some chances but really not enough to justify winning the game,” Krupanszky said. “It’s a disappointing ending, but all but one team loses their last game.”

Summit finished its third year as a varsity program with a 7-7-2 overall record. It placed third in the Class 4A Metro League with a 5-3-2 league mark.

This was the last season for the 4A Metro League, and Summit will join Evergreen and five other teams in the 4A Jefferson County League next spring.

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