Summit soccer ends season with loss
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Summit County, Colorado
It wasn’t exactly the ending to the season that the Summit High boys’ soccer team had hoped for, but head coach Matt Zeiset said his Tigers put on a solid performance in their final match.
“They played hard, and that’s about all you can ask for as a coach,” Zeiset said.
The Tigers lost 2-1 Thursday on the road against Green Mountain High School, eliminating any hopes of a spot in the playoffs. The loss also left Summit with a 5-7-4 record on the year, something Zeiset felt could’ve been better.
“I felt like we could’ve performed a lot better throughout the year,” the coach said. “We didn’t leave it all on the pitch in some of our games, and that was a bummer. I take responsibility for that as a coach.”
Against Green Mountain, though, the Tigers played some inspired soccer.
They came out and put pressure on the home team early, but Green Mountain knocked in a shot from about 20 yards midway through the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
After halftime, Summit tied the game. Sophomore Alan Roque sifted through the Green Mountain defense along the left side of the field and cut into the box, drilling a shot into the back of the net to get the Tigers on the scoreboard with 25 minutes left.
“It was back-and-forth, back-and-forth for most of the second half,” Zeiset said, “and then they took the lead on another good goal.”
The Tigers fought to tied it up, even generating a couple quality chances, but had to settle for the loss.
“I always say that if you’re going to give up goals, they need to be good goals, and those were both good goals that (Green Mountain) scored,” Zeiset said. “You can’t really fault anyone on them.”
The Tiger players, Zeiset said, were disappointed in the loss but satisfied with the effort they put in.
And, the coach added, it was a positive way to end the season, especially with a whole lot of talent returning to next year’s squad.
The Tigers had 13 underclassmen on the roster this season, and Zeiset said there’s plenty of talent ready to make the jump from junior varsity.
“Things are looking really positive,” he said.
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