Summit girls rugby keeps rolling with 52-7 win over Northside
Head coach Karl Barth essentially called the Summit girls rugby team’s new offense a work in progress over the weekend.
“I think we’ve improved on what we’ve been working on. We’ve slowly put in more things each week,” he said of his game plan.
With four regular season games remaining — and a road trip to Kansas to match up against a number of teams from out of state — it’s hard to imagine what that offense might look like by the time the girls make their final push for a seventh-straight state title.
The lady Tigers kept right on rolling Saturday, topping Northside 52-7.
“I think we played really well together,” said Tiger senior Keeley Minor, crediting the team effort for the win. “It was our last (home) game as seniors. We wanted to show all that we can do, and I think we did a good job of that.”
The team once again jumped out to an early lead and didn’t look back, taking a 24-0 score into halftime.
The Tigers continued to dominate time of possession throughout and almost closed with another shutout. Northside’s lone try and conversion came with less than a minute left in the game.
Freshman Cassidy Bargell and senior Morgan Courtney both led the team in scoring with two tries a piece. Meg Rose, Jodi Losch, Becca Rosko and Paloma Sotelo also scored. Alli Pothier went six of eight in conversion attempts.
The win moves the Tigers to 4-0 on the season and extends their over six-season, in-state win streak to 58 — the girls have had a few losses in out-of-state tournaments and at nationals.
“It’s definitely interesting,” fellow senior Trish Stasiowski said, describing the feeling of playing in her last home game. “It’s hitting me that senior year is almost over. Playing with all these girls so long has been a life-changing experience.”
“I’m really sad about it,” Minor added. “Everyone on the team is my family and I’m really going to miss them.”
The two credit that family atmosphere for their success year after year.
For his part, Barth kept his explanation for the team’s success simple. “You just go out and play good rugby and control what you can control.”
Regarding the win streak he added, “Someday it’ll end, and hopefully it will be out of our control at that point — as in we played well and someone beat us.”
The team will begin their second half of the season at Chaparral — whom they beat earlier in the year 52-0 — Wednesday, Oct. 8.
After rematches against Northside and Regis Jesuit, the team will travel to Kansas City during fall break, Oct. 17-20, for a series of games including a matchup against Armstrong, the No. 11-ranked club in the country from Minnesota.
Middle School adds to the tradition
The Summit girls rugby program looks like it will continue to be in good hands for years to come. In their first year as an organized program, the middle school-level girls team is off to an undefeated win streak of their own at 5-0, coached by Summit County Sheriff John Minor.
“They’re incredible,” he said of his girls so far this season. As to whether those girls will continue the winning ways of their older counterparts Minor said, “I don’t want to put that pressure on them.”
It’s all about gaining experience and having fun doing it.
High school head coach Karl Barth told the Daily that the middle school girls have had a no-tackle intramural program here in the county in the past, but this is the first time there’s been a formal tackle league. He called it a “pilot year” for the program. The team has been traveling to the Front Range for all but one of their games.
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