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BRYCE EVANS
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FARMER’S KORNER – One day after a thrilling win, the Summit High girls’ soccer team lost 4-1 Tuesday at home against Alameda.

Senior Hanna Banks netted a penalty kick goal, and sophomore goalie Hailey Curnutte made nine saves, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a lackluster first half for the Tigers.

“I’m disappointed with the loss, because this was a game we could’ve played better,” SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen said. “We just got outplayed today, but I’m still proud of the girls for hanging in there.”

Summit fell in a 2-0 hole early in the first half and wasn’t able to dig itself back out again.

The second half, though, was a different story.

“I challenged our girls to come out and dominate in the second half,” Gogolen said. ” … They definitely played a lot better.”

After a quick offensive outburst from Alameda – a goal and two hit crossbars – Summit took over.

Constant pressure led to an Alameda defender knocking down SHS senior Hanna Banks, giving her a penalty shot. The Tiger captain ripped a shot into the right side of the twine for the goal and cut the Alameda lead to 3-1.

Tiger freshman Cora Zimmerman made a tremendous defensive play late in the match, catching an Alameda attacker on a breakaway, but Summit never pulled any closer.

Gogolen credited senior Kaitie Pusey with having a good game but felt his team just didn’t have the same energy it did on Monday.

Although, the performance from the day before may have been hard to match.

With the game knotted at 0-0 against Arvada 17 minutes into the second half, Tiger junior Elizabeth Luna-Torres took a pass from sophomore Robyn Kresge and blasted a shot into the back of the net.

“That just ignited us,” Gogolen said. “It was a huge goal for her. She doesn’t see a whole lot of playing time, but for her to step up there and bang one in the back of the net, it was awesome.”

And with senior Kelly McDonald dominating play on the ball much of the night, Luna-Torres scored again moments later off a feed from McDonald.

McDonald then set Kresge up with a goal to wrap up the 3-0 Jeffco League win.

“Those assists were just as important as the goals were,” Gogolen said of McDonald’s plays. “Without her setting those up, we don’t get it done. That’s the best game I’ve seen her play.”

The Tigers, after splitting their first two games back from spring break, hope to keep some momentum going when they travel to take on Conifer on Friday at 4 p.m.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@summitdaily.com.


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