Tigers dominate Englewood for first 4A win
FARMER’S KORNER – Ah, the timely blowout. Nothing quite like it in sports.Summit High School’s boys soccer team can attest to that after Friday night’s dominating 3-0 home win over Englewood. Not only was the victory the Tigers’ first over a 4A team, but it also got them back on the playoff track because it came against a Jeffco League foe.Summit (4-4) now will enter next week’s critical matches on the road against Golden and at home against Jefferson with an even league record (1-1). Better yet, the Tigers will be playing with confidence unlike any they’ve felt this season.”I think we’re a pretty decent team and we have to beat schools like Englewood,” SHS coach Peter Shafroth said. “So to me there was a lot of pressure on us to win tonight.”
Senior co-captain Grant McGahey concurred. The fact that all three of Summit’s wins going into Friday had come against 3A teams was hanging over the team’s head more than the players liked, he said.”We were worried about getting into playoffs,” McGahey said, “but now that we got a (4A) win under our belts I think we’ll be a lot more confident going into our next game.”Three players scored for SHS, and all three goals were assisted. This was no coincidence, either; Summit passed the ball Friday better than it has all season.Sophomore Daniel Chapman scored the Tigers’ first goal in the 10th minute on a pretty, well coordinated play. Senior Victor Casillas lofted a free kick that David Bailon redirected off his head with just enough touch to get it to Chapman, who collected his own rebound and slipped it past keeper Chris Kavinsky.
Bailon secured his second assist by left-footing a chip toward the Pirates’ net in the 37th minute. When Kavinsky and one of his defenders collided, junior forward Jeff Spaulding buried the ball in the open net for Summit.The Tigers made it 3-0 in the 75th minute off a Spaulding creation that began at the other end of the field with a pass from junior keeper Tyler Reinking. Spaulding beat two defenders and drew Kavinsky out of the net, then crossed it to McGahey at the last second and McGahey punched it home for his team-leading fifth goal of the year.Summit outshot Englewood 20-5 on the evening, and the Tigers might’ve scored three or four more goals were it not for Kavinsky, who Shafroth called “out of this world.”Reinking made two saves for the shutout, the team’s third in four matches. Senior keeper Garrett Hedman has the other two shutouts.
SHS senior Paul Bauder keyed the Tigers’ early charge at midfield, while Casillas, Jake Black, Taylor Lynch, Tim Kroening and Matt Bowers held strong on defense.Throw-ins: Englewood (2-7, 0-3) beat the Tigers 1-0 last season, preventing Summit from winning the Jeffco League title. This year, the Pirates have been shut out in five of their seven losses. … Spaulding’s score gave him three goals to go with two assists this season, while Chapman’s goal was his second of the year. … Three yellow cards were handed out Friday, two to Englewood and one to Spaulding.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at email@example.com.
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