Summit High soccer players and coach receive end of season honors
The accolades continued for the Summit High boys soccer team last week, with a number of players receiving all-conference and all-state awards following one of the deepest playoff runs in school’s history. Just as they did all season, senior forward Thomas DeBonville and goalie Noah Glasco led the way for the Tigers, with DeBonville receiving all-state first-team honors. Glasco earned all-state honorable mention. DeBonville was one of 11 4A players to receive the award.
Only two other goalies received all-state acknowledgment. Both DeBonville and Glasco were also nominated to the Western Slope League all-conference first team along with senior defender Mitchell Gray. DeBonville was also recognized as the Western Slope all-conference player of the year.
“It’s humbling,” Glasco said of the awards, quick to credit his teammates for his accomplishments. “It’s not just me, it’s my defense that helped out a lot. They prevented a lot of goals from happening. If I wasn’t there to make the saves, they were there to back me up.”
Glasco and his defense set a school record for fewest goals allowed with 11, shattering the previous record of 18. Glasco also accounted for eight shutouts in the process.
“Noah had a phenomenal year,” head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “It was his best year by far. Eight shutouts is unheard of.”
“I’m extremely proud,” Glasco said of the season. “It still surprises me that we made it that far considering that we’re a small mountain school.”
The Tigers finished the regular season undefeated in conference at 11-0-1, claiming Western Slope title. Their only tie came after a late-in-the-game equalizer against Steamboat Springs — a game in which the Tigers led through most of the second half. Including the playoffs, the Tigers lost only out-of-conference games. Both losses came against The Classical Academy — the first early in the season at home and the other in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. Classical Academy went on to lose in the state championship against the Air Academy. Summit finished the year ranked No. 6 in the state.
DeBonville led the team in scoring with 17 goals and 17 assists, earning him all-state honors and all-conference player of the year.
“I honestly was shocked,” DeBonville said of the awards. “It’s a great honor to be up there with a lot of great players in the state.”
“Thomas had a great year,” Gogolen said of his forward. “Just to get player of the year for our conference is outstanding, and to get first-team all-state is incredible.”
For his effort, Gogolen received Western Slope coach of the year honors, which he said was more of a credit to his players.
“I’m honored to be coach of the year,” he said, “but all the credit goes to the boys. It’s pretty easy coaching them.”
Glasco and DeBonville both credited Gogolen for their seasons and said his award was well deserved.
“We could not have done it without him,” DeBonville said of his coach.
Glasco said he considered Gogolen like another father figure. “I’ve always looked up to him on and off the field, and I couldn’t be more proud to play for him. He worked the hardest to get us where we could win and I’m glad he got recognized.”
In addition to DeBonville’s, Glasco’s, Gray’s and Gogolen’s awards, George Kasch, Alex Veleta and Al Bouchard also earned all-conference honorable mentions.
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