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Tigers can’t match Basalt

DEVON O'NEIL
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BASALT ” Halfway through the first half of Thursday’s girls soccer game between Summit High School and Basalt, it appeared the contest would go down to the wire. The Tigers and Longhorns were tied 1-1, and everything up to then had indicated they were evenly matched.

Then a string of tight officiating caught Summit’s players off guard, Basalt scored to take a 2-1 lead going into halftime, and the game got away from the Tigers.

Summit couldn’t stop the hosts in the second half, and eventually lost 6-1 to fall to 3-6 on the year.

“Every time our girls would get physical, we’d get a call,” SHS coach Stephanie Johnson said, noting the game was called much tighter than contests on the Front Range.

Summit’s star forward, Hannah Harvey, was given a yellow card shortly before the half, which took the Tigers by surprise, Johnson said.

“It was tough to stay in the game after that, to be honest with you,” the coach said. “Especially after the ball had been stopped so many times and the girls weren’t really sure why. I think that affected us in the second half.”

Harvey scored the Tigers’ only goal in the seventh minute, tying the game at 1 with a left-footed shot from the top of the 18-yard box. It was her 18th goal of the year, and it came two days after she scored six times in an 8-0 victory.

Other than that, though, Summit struggled offensively, failing to match Basalt’s precision on the other end.

Seniors Emily George and Emma Koenig played well at their defense and midfield positions, respectively, Johnson said.

“Overall the game was a really good matchup and the score does not display that,” she said. “They just capitalized on their scoring attempts and we didn’t.”

Summit next travels to Elizabeth to face the Cardinals in a Jeffco League contest Saturday morning.

Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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