Summit girls’ soccer team loses in weather-shortened match
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Summit County, Colorado
FARMER’S KORNER – Summit High head coach Tommy Gogolen doesn’t mind it at all when the weather turns nasty at Climax Molybdenum Field at Tiger Stadium. Really, he prefers it.
“I like the weather,” he said. “I like making teams come up and play in what we have to practice in. It’s fun.”
On the other hand, Gogolen wouldn’t mind having his Tiger girls’ soccer squad actually get to complete a game at The Mine once in a while.
The Tigers had their second straight home game called early due to inclement weather and a slick playing surface on Thursday at Farmer’s Korner.
Summit was trailing Jeffco League rival Centaurus 7-0 eight minutes into the second half when the game was called amid a snow flurry that forced players to compete in near white-out conditions.
“We just have to make sure it stays safe,” Gogolen said of the reason the match was called. “We don’t want to see players on either team get hurt because the field is slippery.”
Because the game went past halftime, the 7-0 score will stand as official under CHSAA rules, handing the Tigers their fifth loss of the season.
“The girls played fine. We just played another really good team,” Gogolen said.
The match didn’t start very well for Summit, as senior captain Hanna Banks went out of the game in the first minute with a pulled quadriceps muscle.
Then only a couple minutes later, Centaurus netted its first goal of the game.
Despite some crucial saves from sophomore goaltender Hailey Curnutte, the Tigers gave up five more goals in the half, leaving themselves in a big whole they’d never get the chance to climb out of.
The weather started turning sour right before intermission, and as hail and snow swirled in the whipping winds at halftime, both teams gingerly came out of their locker rooms not seeming eager to keep playing.
Centaurus added a goal early in the second half off a long shot. Curnutte slipped on the play – tweaking her hip, Gogolen said – and that’s when the coaches for both teams decided the conditions were too bad to continue.
Seniors Kaitie Pusey and Hannah Marion “stepped up” for the Tigers on defense in the game, Gogolen said, helping to fill the void left by Banks’ early exit.
“Hopefully we can get her back or it’ll be a huge loss,” Gogolen said of the injured captain.
The Tigers (1-5) are back in action on Saturday, when they play host to Elizabeth High School at 11 a.m.
Gogolen feels his team will come out ready to go for the home game.
“I’m still seeing good things,” the coach said. “We just need more possession and working on our touch more and more.”
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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