Tigers can’t tame Mustangs | SummitDaily.com

Tigers can’t tame Mustangs

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news

ARVADA – Going up against undefeated Ralston Valley, the Summit Tigers girls soccer team had an opportunity to stun the Colorado high school hemisphere Friday afternoon.Instead, the SHS girls found out, like every other Ralston opponent has this season, that the Mustangs are just too talented to compete with. Ralston won the game 9-0 after taking a 6-0 halftime lead on its way to a perfect 10-0 record.Summit dropped to 3-7-1 and 2-4-1 in the 4A Jeffco League, which is paced by the 7-0 Mustangs.”It’s great for the girls to see that level of play and see how to play with that level of play,” SHS coach Stephanie Johnson said. Summit played well despite losing to Ralston last year – so well, in fact, that Johnson called it her team’s best performance all season. The coach was hoping the same thing would happen again this time, but she said her Tigers were intimidated early despite her efforts to prevent it.”It’s a mental game, but we just reminded them that they’re the same age as (Ralston’s players),” Johnson said. “They have families just like them; they’d probably be friends if they went to the same high school.”Alas, Ralston’s potent offense was too strong, although the Tigers did play better in the second half, particularly on defense. Johnson said her goalie, Emily Hawkins, performed admirably against a barrage of shots.The Tigers will enjoy their spring break before returning to the field for, at least tentatively, a pair of home games April 24 and 26.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.

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