Tigers battle to uplifting tie
FARMER’S KORNER – The Summit High School boys soccer team let loose a season’s worth of frustration on Conifer Friday night and came away with a 2-2 tie. It was a spirited game that the Tigers took as an emotional victory against a playoff-bound team.
“A tie is pretty good against this team,” said Summit forward David Payne. “We’re happy, we played well.”
Summit went up by a goal twice, but both times, Conifer had a quick tying response.
The Tigers’ offense got better as the game went on, and by overtime, it had reached a fever pitch. The Tigers were going after a goal like it would erase their 3-7-1 record in one swoop.
“I think these guys are really frustrated because they’ve had a pretty unlucky season, and they know our record should be better,” Summit coach Peter Shafroth said. “They want to try, at the end of the season, to make up for that.”
Casey Anderson made two overtime saves to cap a solid night in net, and Guilherme Esteves shot one wide as the two five-minute overtimes ended without a winner.
Esteves opened the scoring less than four minutes into the game by lofting a long shot over Conifer goalie Matt Albrecht. The Lobos answered when Toby Lewis took a through ball and beat Anderson midway through the half. The Summit defense, playing without senior Conor McGahey, was looking for an offsides call on the play.
Being without McGahey, who received a red card in Tuesday’s loss to Englewood, forced Summit to play with some inexperience at defense. It haunted them twice when Conifer intercepted weak Summit back passes intended for Anderson, one that led to a point-blank save by Anderson and the other to a shot wide.
Payne set up Summit’s second goal with a sliding save of a long pass to keep the ball inbounds down the left side. After a couple dribbles, he sent a low cross to Quetzal Infante, who one-timed it past Albrecht.
But again Conifer answered, this time just 30 seconds later. Speedy Conifer forward Levi Dunn outran the Summit defense and scored on a low, hard shot.
“It definitely slowed down our momentum for a while,” Payne said of the quick tying goal. “But after they scored their second goal, I think we picked it up. We dominated most of it after that, but we just couldn’t score.”
Esteves, a Brazilian exchange student, was a major problem for the Conifer defense at left forward. He hit the crossbar once and set up many other scoring opportunities, helping Summit tie the shot battle at 16.
Summit is 3-8-2 overall and 1-3-2 in the Class 4A Jeffco League. The Tigers will not be returning to the state playoffs this season.
Showdown looms for v-ball team
The Summit High volleyball team’s domination continued Thursday when it handled Jefferson 15-2, 15-2. Summit has a nonleague game today at Kent Denver before returning to the Summit gym Tuesday to take on Ralston Valley for the Class 4A Jefferson County League title. Both teams are 6-0 in the league.
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