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Summit lax stagnant in loss

Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FARMER’S KORNER – As head coach Karl Barth put it, when the Tigers got into their offense and controlled the ball, they looked really good.

The only problem was Summit couldn’t get the ball.

The Tigers struggled with turnovers and some sloppy play Thursday at home against Evergreen and lost 12-1.

“A lot of it was just poor communication,” Barth said. “We just didn’t have the ball. Evergreen did a great job controlling. Really, they played the way we wanted to.”

The visiting Cougars scored just 8 seconds into the game after winning the opening faceoff and taking it right down the field for a point-blank shot.

Evergreen was then so solid on faceofffs that the Tigers didn’t get a true possession until the second quarter – and they scored. Dylan Horan hit George Gruber on a pretty play near the crease for Summit’s first tally.

The Tigers were trailing 4-1, but started to get some pressure.

Still, every time Summit came up empty on the offensive end, Evergreen seemed to capitalize.

The Tigers went into the break down 6-1 and never staged a comeback.

Part of the trouble, Bart said, was the Tigers haven’t had much consistency in the lineup thus far this season. Several players missed early season practices due to skiing obligations and are just starting to get into the lineup.

With league games looming in the next few weeks, Barth said now’s the time to start getting into a flow.

“These are good growth experiences, and we just need to find that consistent group,” he said. “We’ll make the changes and get ready for Saturday.”

The Tigers (2-2, 1-0) travel to Grand Junction on Saturday to take on Durango at 11 a.m.

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