Summit High soccer falls to Classical Academy 3-1 in 4A quarterfinal
The Classical Academy Titans boys soccer team showed why it was moved up from 3A to 4A Saturday, ending the Tigers’ playoff run with a 3-1 win at home in Colorado Springs.
“They came out firing on all cylinders,” Tigers head coach Tommy Gogolen said after the game. “They caught us sleeping. Our boys played their hearts out. Classical just dominated the game from the start.”
The Titans jumped to a 2-0 lead midway through the first half and held it to halftime.
“I don’t know what was up with us,” senior forward Thomas DeBonville said. “We were flat and we just couldn’t come back.”
“We didn’t play our best,” senior goal Noah Glasco added. “They just pressured us a lot. We had some trouble marking up. They finished well.”
Gogolen commended his keeper’s effort, saying the score could have been a lot worse if it were not for another stellar performance by Glasco. “Noah had a ton of saves,” the coach said. “He impressed a lot of people. He kept us in the game.”
Classical’s offense continued its push, scoring for a third time early in the second half.
The Tigers had their opportunities but were unable to capitalize until late.
“We had our chances,” DeBonville explained. “They weren’t really great shots.”
The loan Tiger goal came in the final 10 minutes of the second half. A DeBonville throw-in set up junior Parker Shell for a score off a header past the Titans’ keeper.
While disappointed, the Summit boys recognized their achievements in making it to the final eight.
“It hurt, but I’m proud of what we accomplished,” senior midfielder George Kasch said. “15-2-1 — that’s a hell of a record. We only lost to one team. It was an amazing season for us.”
Classical Academy handed the Tigers their only regular-season loss, also 3-1, back in September.
“I’m very proud of how far we came,” Glasco said, acknowledging his team’s accomplishment and adding that he was humbled to be a part of what’s been described as one of the best soccer teams in school history. “I couldn’t be happier playing with this group of guys.”
Classical Academy won the 3A state title last year before moving up to 4A. It was the No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament and went undefeated in the regular season. Summit was No. 10.
“I think it’s going to be them and Air Academy in the final,” Gogolen said. The Classical Academy will face Ponderosa High School in the semifinals, Nov. 5.
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