Summit High soccer squeaks by Glenwood 1-0, top Western Slope with 3 left
With a late surge by Glenwood Springs and an impressive showing by Tigers goalie Noah Glasco, Summit edged the Demons 1-0 Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium.
“It was good,” senior forward Alex Veleta said after the game. “We came out a little slow but we got what we wanted.”
The Tigers once again dominated with time of possession and shots on goal, but were unable to capitalize on a number of scoring chances. Glenwood nearly countered late with a couple of opportunities in the final minutes of the game.
“We just weren’t sharp,” Summit head coach Tommy Gogolen said, assessing his team. “I thought they (Summit) did a lot of good things; they just need to finish.”
He credited his goalie with the win. “Noah had to come up huge and make some big saves.”
The win bumps Summit’s streak to eight consecutive games and a near lock on first place with just three games remaining. Since tying Steamboat Springs 2-2 at Steamboat, Sept. 9, the Tigers have outscored their opponents 23-2.
After a back-and-forth start Tuesday night, Summit pushed hard midway through the first half with a number of solid offensive drives.
One of the first came off a Thomas DeBonville throw-in toward goal that was just a little too far for fellow senior Greg Spaulding to punch into the net.
The play was followed by a series of opportunities on strong offensives led by Spaulding, Veleta and DeBonville.
With scoring looking like an inevitability, the Tigers were able to punch it in with 11 minutes remaining in the half. After the earlier missed opportunity, a near perfect DeBonville throw-in set Spaulding up for a header that found the back of the net.
The Tigers closed the half with a handful of additional drives they were simply unable to capitalize on.
Glenwood came out with some urgency in the second half, pushing a little stronger on offense. The Devils had one of their best shots at an equalizer after a Summit foul just outside the 18 set up a direct free kick that sailed over the crossbar.
Energized by the free kick Glenwood continued to push until the Tigers countered — again unable to capitalize.
With time running out Glenwood was clearly frustrated, looking for calls and playing with increasing aggression.
The Demons’ Oscar Gallegos earned a yellow card for a foul on Veleta and the ensuing taunt while Veleta was on the ground.
In the game’s final 10 minutes, Glenwood had a pair of opportunities at an equalizer but Glasco came up with the needed saves.
“It’s my job,” he said humbly after the game, crediting his defenders for contributing to the shutout.
The Tigers will face Eagle Valley at home Thursday night. A win Thursday would lock up the Western Slope title with two games remaining. Following the Thursday game, the Tigers will host Delta Saturday, Oct. 11, before traveling to Battle Mountain to close the season Wednesday, Oct. 15. The final game at Battle Mountain could still have strong playoff implications for both teams. After a win over Steamboat Springs, the Huskies are currently No. 2 in the conference at 8-3, 9-4 overall.
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