Thomas DeBonville’s goal sends Summit High to 1-0 win in state playoffs
In thrilling fashion, the Summit High School boys soccer team topped Pueblo Centennial 1-0 to advance to the second round of the state playoffs.
“We came out high-powered. I think we really caught them off-guard,” Tigers head coach Tommy Gogolen said the day after the victory. “We were knocking at their door right from the beginning.”
For the No. 21 seed Tigers, there was little doubt that they could compete with 12th seeded Pueblo Centennial.
“We all believed we could win the game,” Summit senior Dominick DiLallo told the Daily.
Goglen said his players didn’t feel like they were the underdogs, having survived a tough regular season schedule.
After saying earlier in the week that he didn’t know much about Centennial, Gogolen confessed that he had in fact talked to some Pueblo-area coaches who helped him prepare his team for Wednesday’s match.
“We had a great scouting report on them (Pueblo Centennial). We knew how to defend them. We adjusted to their weaknesses,” he said.
After the game Centennial coach Jeff Sterling told the Pueblo Cheiftain newspaper that his team couldn’t adjust to Summit’s offensive strategy, calling it an “ugly game.”
“We are used to teams that actually try to play a little bit of soccer,” he said. “Not to be disrespectful to them, but it was just long ball after long ball after long ball.”
While Summit’s scoring opportunities reportedly far outnumbered Centennial’s, the game remained scoreless deep into the second half.
With 8 minutes left in the game, Summit junior Thomas DeBonville stole the ball from a Centennial defender and put it past Bulldogs’ goalie Avery Burke.
Centennial had a few late scoring opportunities but Gogolen credited another stellar outing by his junior goalie. “Noah Glasco had a phenomenal game, another shutout for him.”
Glasco now has 10 shutouts to his credit on the season.
The Tigers will face No. 5 seed Ponderosa in the second round.
“It’s going to be a tough game but we’re going to be ready,” DiLallo said.
The game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Sports Authority Stadium — not that Sports Authority — in Parker.
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