Summit Soccer focused on goals
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The Summit High soccer team opened its season with a difficult 2-1 loss against a tough Battle Mountain team Thursday. However with a more mature squad, they’re looking to get better and improve off of last year, coaches said.
Summit’s Sean Farley, who used to be a forward but now plays right back, scored sometime around the 10th minute by making a run forward, receiving the ball off the team’s center mid, Brayan Daniel.
They played a nice one-two in the box and Farley hit a solid left-footed shot from about 18 yards into the upper corner.
“It was a really smooth play,” coach Matt Zeiset said. “The build-up to it was great as well. We were able to maintain possession well and pass the ball quite well.”
Moving into the second half, the team was prepared to grind out the game, but Battle Mountain knocked one in, tying it up.
The heartbreaker came with about 5 minutes left in the game after Summit missed a breakaway. Battle Mountain was able to cross the ball in the box and scored in the final minutes of the game.
Battle Mountain is known for being one of the toughest teams around, the coaches said. But the Tigers are happy to start off the season playing them. It helps them determine how they’re going to stack up against other schools.
“It was kind of a bummer because Battle Mountain is a really good team. I think the guys are pretty happy to play that well against a solid team,” Zeiset said.
There were some penalty issues due to a scuffle breaking out with two Summit players getting carded, which threw the team off their game a bit.
“That’s another thing we need to work on – maintaining our composure and staying focused on what needs to be done,” Zeiset said.
The Tigers next game is away on Tuesday at Steamboat, a strong team in the Western Slope conference. The team is hoping to get better at maintaining possession and not getting distracted by the refs and other players.
Last year, the team was pretty young, made up by a big chunk of sophomores. This year, it’s more experienced and looking to improve.
“During preseason, we were looking pretty strong,” said coach Tommy Gogolen. “A lot of the young guys really developed and matured, and we’re really excited for what they’re going to be bring to the varsity level.”
“We had a big sophomore class last year, and they’re all juniors now. So it’s kind of evolved and it’s great to see all the young guys step up and mature and take more of a role on the team. We definitely have higher expectations (than last year) and we’re really pushing them,” Gogolen said.
The ultimate goal for the season is to win the conference; they’d also like to make the state playoffs, have an overall winning record and, more than anything else, have fun.
“It’s a tough task ahead but definitely doable with the guys we have this year,” he said. “The guys are really clicking on and off the field, which is really good to see.”
One of the team’s concerns on the field will be maintaining their shape, knowing where to be, moving as a team and keeping things compact, instead of breaking down as they did last year, Gogolen said.
The Tigers have switched over to a 4-4-2 system, compared to last year’s sweeper formation of 3-5-2, which will make it a little easier to maintain their shape throughout the game, Zeiset said.
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