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Summit soccer team runs past Alameda, 4-0

Richard Chittick
(No. 18) pushes the ball past an Alameda defender late in Summit High School's 4-0 win Wednesday night at Farmer's Korner.
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FARMER’s KORNER – Kyler Dossett and Michael Leone combined for a shutout against the Alameda Pirates soccer team as Victor Casillas, Andrew Quinenez, Tyler Brooks and Kevin Pelen all scored highlight goals for Summit High School.

The 4-0 victory brings the Tigers up to 4-1-0 in the Class 4A Jeffco League, and brings them to within one victory of securing a guaranteed berth in the state playoffs.

“No one had that expectation,” said head coach Peter Shafroth afterward. “It’s been a fun season to coach. This team has not let me down at all this year.”

The scoring opened early in the match when Casillas found a pass from Chris Nowakiwsky.

Casillas said his only priority as he approached the Alameda net was not to give the Pirates any time to work against him.

He faked two defenders and then as they converged in front of him, he punched the ball through them and jumped over their outstretched legs and beat the Alameda goalie.

Barely 70 seconds later he nearly scored again when he outran an Alameda defender but then banged one off the left goalpost.

Fifteen minutes later, though, Quinenez launched a powerful shot from 25 yards away that went in to make it 2-0 with 14 minutes left in the half.

As if that wasn’t enough, Tyler Brooks kicked the ball in with his heel on a long pass from Michael Infante and the Tigers had the luxury of heading to the locker room at halftime with a 3-0 lead.

The second half proceeded rather uneventfully until Pelen bounced the ball off the crossbar. A few minutes later, he made up for it by nailing a shot from nearly 50 yards out to make it 4-0.

“We have a lot of balance on this team,” Shafroth said, noting that the side-to-side passing has progressed dramatically since the beginning of the season.

The Tigers were facing Alameda without their strongest defensive player, junior Aaron George, who sat out the game out with a hip injury.

Shafroth’s biggest concern going into Wednesday night’s game was seeing his team play down, as Alameda is not regarded as one of the stronger teams in the league.

“They didn’t do that at all,” he said. “When it comes to game time, they’re ready to go.”

The soccer team has only three regular season matches left, against the three strongest teams in the conference – Englewood, Conifer and undefeated Golden.

But at this point in the season, Shafroth is confident that the team will hold its own against all three.

“Our best chance is against Englewood,” he said of getting that fifth win to make it to state. But he added that as the Tigers focus more and more with each victory, they have a good chance of holding their own against Conifer and Golden as well.

“These guys are pumped.”

The team faces Englewood at Tiger Field on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before heading to Conifer on Oct. 10 to play at 6 p.m. The Tigers head to the Front Range to face Golden at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14.

Richard Chittick can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 236, or at rchittick@summitdaily.com.


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