Summit Soccer falls to Steamboat, playoffs in question |

Summit Soccer falls to Steamboat, playoffs in question

Steamboat goalie Jake Anderson pulls down a ball in the final game of the regular season Oct. 17 as the Sailors held on for a 1-0 win against Summit. The Tigers will play Pueblo Centennial in Pueblo in round one of the playoffs tonight at 6 p.m.
Joel Reichenberger / Steamboat Pilot |

In its final regular season game, the Summit High School boys soccer team fell to Steamboat Springs Thursday, 1-0. With the loss Summit’s playoff hopes are now at the mercy of the playoff seeding committee.

“It was a battle just like we thought it would be and they got the better of us,” Tigers head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “Kudos to Steamboat; they played hard.”

The game’s only goal came in the 19th minute when Steamboat senior Michael Wong scored from near the 35 yard line off of a pass from fellow senior Peter White.

“He hit a phenomenal shot,” Gogolen said. “It just dipped at the last second.”

Summit had a number of opportunities to even the score but Steamboat goalie Jake Andersen came up with a strong performance.

“We had our opportunities, we just didn’t capitalize,” Gogolen said.

The team closed the season with a 9-5-1 record, 9-2-1 in league play.

“We’ll find out Sunday night or Monday morning,” Gogolen said regarding playoff announcements. “It’s really tough to say; I’d like to say that our chances are good.”

A win Thursday would have made the team a virtual lock for the playoffs.

Gogolen said the team’s losses were to strong opponents, which may help their chances at landing one of the eight at-large playoff bids.

Regardless, he said he is proud of his young team’s effort this season.

“To be honest with you, I thought this was going to be a rebuilding year, and the guys came out and proved me wrong,” he said. “We had some quality wins.”

With most of the team being underclassmen, and with a JV squad that only lost once, Gogolen likes Summit’s chances next season.

“We’re going to be great next year.”

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