SHS soccer falls to Eagle Valley |

SHS soccer falls to Eagle Valley

Bryce Evans
summit daily news

FARMER’S KORNER – The Tigers had their chance. Just two minutes into the second half, Brett Huntley sent a free kick toward the net. The ball ricocheted off an Eagle Valley defender and bounced around at the goal mouth. Summit had three straight swats sent wayward by defenders.

Then the ball was cleared, deep down the field, where an Eagle Valley attacker corralled it for a breakaway – and, ultimately, the winning goal.

The Summit High girls’ soccer team lost 2-0 at home Wednesday to its rivals from over Shrine Pass. And SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen felt like his team let one get away.

“I’m proud of their effort, but could we have won that game? Yeah. That was a game we could’ve won,” the coach said. “If we’d of put one away early in the first half, I think it would’ve been a different game.”

The match was truly a tale of two halves, as whichever team had the gusting wind at its back seemed to dominate play.

Dominating everyone’s minds for Summit were still the lingering thoughts of a lost classmate, who died late Monday evening.

Just as they did on Tuesday, the Tigers took the pitch with messages written on their shin guards. Unlike Tuesday’s blowout loss, though, Summit seemed determined to get the victory against a previously winless opponent.

With the wind, the Tigers controlled play throughout the first half, yet managed only a handful of shots toward the goal – none of which truly threatened to beat the Eagle Valley keeper.

The unfortunate turn of events early in the second half were the deciding factor. Eagle Valley scored with less than one minute remaining in the game to ice the win.

“Ultimately, as a coach, they did what I asked, and that was walking off the field having given it everything they had,” Gogolen said. “It’s been a tough week, but I’m proud of their efforts.”

Junior keeper Hailey Curnutte kept the Tigers in the game for much of the afternoon, making a number of lunging saves in the second half.

Summit hosts No. 4 Wheat Ridge today at 4 p.m. The Tigers also play Friday at home.

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