Summit soccer falls 3-0 to Englewood
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After playing the first 33 minutes of the match to a scoreless 0-0 tie, the talent of Englewood was just a bit too much for the Summit High girls’ soccer team.
One Pirates player scored three times in a seven-minute span, and the Tigers were handed a hard-fought 3-0 loss at home on Monday.
“(Englewood) had the best player that I’ve seen all year; she was incredible,” SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen said of his opponent’s scorer. ” … But in the second half, we fought hard and hung in there. The girls played tough, and I’m proud of that.”
Playing amid howling winds that whirled around Farmer’s Korner, the Tigers had the unfortunate draw of attacking into the gusts in the first half.
“The winds were blowing so hard some of the balls in the air starting
moving backwards,” Gogolen said.
Until that seven-minute stretch late in the half, the Tigers were still able to limit the tough Englewood squad.
And in the second half, with the winds at their backs, they turned the play of the game around.
Gogolen stuck freshman midfielder Nicole Chandler on Englewood’s top forward throughout the second half, and the Tiger rookie was able to hold her opponent scoreless the rest of the way.
The Tigers nearly cut the lead to two goals when senior Hanna Banks ripped a free kick toward the goal and freshman Katy Peoples barely missed a goal on the rebound.
Sophomore Hailey Curnutte made 11 saves in the first half for the Tigers and one in the second.
Gogolen was pleased with his team’s play in the second half, saying that the girls responded well in a physical game.
“I just told them to not be afraid to step up and play physical, and they did,” the coach said. “There was some chippiness out there, but it proved to them that they can play with a good team like that.”
Gogolen credited the defense effort of senior Kaitie Pusey and freshman Cora Zimmerman with leading the Tigers in the second half.
Summit plays again today at Jeffco power Wheat Ridge at 4 p.m.
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