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Tiger girls’ soccer taken down by St. Mary’s

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For the first 20 minutes of Tuesday’s match, the Summit High girls’ soccer team didn’t look like a team that lost its first game of the season by mercy rule. The Tigers swarmed the home St. Mary’s squad with stifling defense and kept the game scoreless for the first 18 minutes.

“They came out with a full head of steam and really aggressive,” SHS head coach Tommy Gogolen said of his team. “Then it started to slip away a bit.”

St. Mary’s scored four first-half goals and cruised to a 10-0 win over the young Tiger squad.

“That first 20 minutes was definitely the best I’ve seen them play so far in the last four weeks (since the season started),” Gogolen said. “We just have to keep that kind of intensity for 90 minutes.”

Sophomore goalie Hailey Curnutte made 17 saves in the loss. Gogolen said if it weren’t for the play of Curnutte, the game would have ended much quicker.

“She was all over the place making tons of saves,” the coach said. “She was really aggressive and just determined not to let them score.”

For the first portion of the game, the Tigers didn’t let their opponent score.

Gogolen said his team played “great” defense early on, keeping the St. Mary’s offense to the outside and eliminating scoring chances.

Then, the St. Mary’s attackers started finding gaps in the Summit defense. The Tigers gave up four goals before halftime and another three quick scores after the break.

“It was a fight to finish the game from there,” Gogolen said, referring to the Colorado high school mercy rule of 10 goals.

In the loss, Gogolen said he was very impressed with the play of some of his young players.

Freshman Makayla Lorch started for the Tigers at outside halfback.

“She played really well,” Gogolen said. “Getting her first start out there, she did great.”

The Tiger coach said that his team needs to maintain its intensity level in upcoming games in order to compete for a win.

“We came out today fired up but we need to play that way for the entire game,” he said.

The Tigers (0-2) are back on the pitch with an away match Thursday at Eagle Valley. The game is slated to start at 4 p.m.

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