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Tiger Girls’ soccer squad mercied by Golden

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Sometimes, you just run into a team that’s much better, Summit High head coach Tommy Gogolen explained. And that’s exactly what happened to his Tiger girls’ soccer squad Thursday at Golden High School.

Golden came into the game ranked in the top-five in the state and proved against the Tigers how it got that ranking.

Summit lost 10-0 in a game shortened by the CHSAA mercy rule.

“We fought hard, but it’s tough walking on the field knowing you’re playing a team of that caliber,” Gogolen said. “But the girls played hard and fought until the last whistle and that last goal. I’m proud of that.”

Gogolen also said that both Kellie McDonald and Hannah Marion had “great” games in the losing effort.

“(They’ve) been playing well all season,” he said.

Tiger goalie Hailey Curnutte made 15 saves in the loss, an effort Gogolen said kept the game from ending much earlier.

Although the match ended a bit early, it was actually one of the first matches in the last month that Summit was able to play without any hindrance from poor weather.

Gogolen didn’t feel all the canceled, postponed or shortened matches in recent weeks had much to do with Thursday’s outcome.

“It’s just tough playing a team of that caliber because we don’t get too many touches with the ball; we’re just chasing the whole time on defense,” he said. “To get better, we need to play teams that are more competitive.”

The Tigers will have to wait until after spring break for win No. 2 on the season, as they don’t play again until hosting Alameda on April 20.

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