Summit soccer puts up big number |

Summit soccer puts up big number

Geoff Mintz
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The Summit High boys soccer team had its most decisive win of the season against Vail Mountain School at home on Tuesday. The scoreboard showed 10-0 in favor of the home team, but officials called back the final goal due to an offside infraction. The final score was 9-0, which improved the team’s record to 4-5.

Head coach Matthew Zeiset said it’s not very often you see a score like that in a high school soccer game, especially since the mercy rule goes into effect after an eight-point deficit. Summit had to pull a player for every goal in excess of the seven-point lead.

“I thought they kept playing hard and playing well. They were keeping the ball (in their possession), so that was really good to see,” Zeiset said.

In a game of many goals, the first was the most welcomed for Zeiset.

“It was great to see them come out strong and maintain a super high level,” he said. “It’s always difficult when you’re playing a less competitive team to maintain a high level of intensity and stay fired up. So we were happy to see they were ready for the game and ready to get that first goal, which was the best one for me.”

In terms of execution, Zeiset liked what he saw in the final goal of the game, which ultimately got called back. After a great buildup, Cesar Serrano played it in to Alan Roque with 27 seconds left in the game. Roque could have scored and gone for a hat trick, but instead played it square and unselfishly to Sean Farley, who had made an excellent run forward. The play was deemed offside by the ref, although the call was questionable.

In terms of individual performances Mark Nowakiwsky led the team with three goals. Roque and Serrano each knocked in a pair. Rouque also led the team in assists.

“They played their positions and played them well,” Zeiset said.

The team looks to hopefully get back to a .500 record against Arvada on Monday.

“We’re hoping to put up strong performances and get back to a winning record,” Zeiset said. “We’re looking to gain some momentum heading into the last three games of the season, which are the more competitive games.”

The Tigers are hoping to maintain a high level of intensity for the remainder of the season.

“We had good intensity against Valor Christian. We maintained possession for a lot of the game, but were unlucky to come away with a loss, especially after dominating most of the game and outshooting them by a wide margin,” Zeiset said. “But the guys rebounded pretty well and kept their heads up.”

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