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Tiger soccer picks up 1st league loss

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After winning their first seven games to start conference play, the Summit High soccer team got a wake-up call.

The Tigers fell behind early to a strong Wheat Ridge team, struggled in the second half and wound up with a 3-0 road loss, Thursday night.

“I think that we now realize we have to play 100 percent for 80 minutes,” Summit head coach Justin Turri said following the loss.

Summit fell behind in the first two minutes, when Wheat Ridge had three consecutive corner kick opportunities, the third of which squeezed into the net after Summit goalkeeper Ben Ferris got tangled with a few Wheat Ridge players.

The Tigers didn’t lay down, though. They fought back with scoring chances of their own. Seniors Erik Brooks and Hunter Black both had scoring chances turned aside, and teammate Justin Hollenbeck rifled a shot that the Wheat Ridge goalie made a diving save on.

Then with only one minute remaining in the half, Wheat Ridge was given a penalty kick and took advantage. The Tigers trailed 2-0 at the half.

Unfortunately, things didn’t get any better for the first-place Tigers in the second half.

“I thought we were really even with them in the first half,” Turri said. “But we came out a little bit timid and didn’t play our style.”

Wheat Ridge used the same type of pressure defense that Summit usually employs, and the Tigers struggled to get around it.

“They were certainly the most talented team that we have played,” Turri said. “We just never seemed comfortable with the ball.”

Though Wheat Ridge handed Summit its first loss in league play, the Tigers (7-1) still sit atop the conference. Both Wheat Ridge and D’Evelyn have identical 7-1-1 records.

The Tigers now control their own fate, and if they win their final two matches, both at home, they will be conference champions.

Summit’s next game is at 6 p.m. Tuesday against Evergreen at Tiger Stadium.

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