Summit High soccer adds to streak with 4-1 win over Delta, DeBonville injured
The Summit High School boys soccer team closed a busy week of games with their 10th straight win Saturday, topping Delta at home 4-1. The win came at a cost, however, as Tigers leading scorer, Thomas DeBonville, left with an ankle injury.
Head coach Tommy Gogolen said the injury didn’t look good, but was uncertain of the severity. DeBonville rolled his ankle while making a move on the ball in the game’s final minutes.
DeBonville’s mother Rae Anne later confirmed that DeBonville’s ankle was not broken but described the sprain as “significant.” She said there is no timetable for his return. The team is hopeful he can come back in time for the playoffs, but that return remains in question.
The Tigers have one regular-season game left at Battle Mountain before the playoffs. Playoff selections will be made at the end of the week with the state tournament starting the following week.
The Tigers clinched the Western Slope League title and a playoff spot Thursday with a 2-0 win over Eagle Valley.
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Since tieing Steamboat Springs 2-2 Sept. 9 — after a late equalizer by the Sailors — the Tigers have outscored their opponents 29-3 in the last 10 games.
Another strong performance Saturday against Delta bumped the Tigers to 12-1-1 on the season, 10-0-1 in-conference.
Summit took a 2-1 lead into the half and didn’t look back, adding two more in the second.
“The boys played solid,” Gogolen said. “It’s good to see us clicking toward the end of the season.”
As for the possibility of missing his leading scorer going forward, Gogolen said it was unfortunate but, “We’ve got other guys that are going to step up.”
With one game remaining, the Tigers — currently ranked No. 6 in the state — will look to improve their potential playoff seeding with a win over last year’s league champion, Battle Mountain.
For their part, the Huskies will be looking to keep their playoff hopes alive with a win over their rival in front of a home crowd, Wednesday, Oct. 15. The Tigers topped the Huskies 2-1 in their first meeting, Sept. 16, at Tiger Stadium.
“We’re looking to treat it as a playoff game,” Gogolen said. “We know that they need to have a good result against us in order for them to have an at-large selection bid. They’re at the mercy of the selection committee.”
The game is scheduled to kick off Wednesday night in Edwards.
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