Tigers dominate in win over Conifer
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After a slow start to the season, it appears that the Summit High boys soccer team has gotten right on track.
In what Tigers head coach Justin Turri said was his team’s “best game of the year,” Summit dominated Conifer High School from start to finish for a 4-0 road win.
“All in all, they just played amazing tonight,” Turri said.
Though the Tigers’ offense, which began the season looking rather anemic, netted four goals, the story of the game was Summit’s play in their own end.
SHS goalkeeper Ben Ferris didn’t need to make a single save in recording the shutout, as the Tiger defenders completely stifled the Conifer attack.
Turri pointed to senior defender Zack Black as an example of his team’s dominant play.
“(Black) was just all over the field,” Turri said. “He completely shutdown the other team and pushed the ball up field to create offense for us.”
Zack’s twin brother Hunter gave the Tigers their first lead of the game at the 10-minute mark.
As a loose ball fell into the Conifer box, Hunter Black, facing the opposite way down field, spun towards the goal and rifled a shot into the top corner.
Coming out of halftime with a 1-0 lead, the Tigers blew the game wide open in the
First, junior midfielder Turner Colvin took a pass down the side of the pitch and drilled a shot past the Conifer goalkeeper and into the upper-90.
“That was a great goal,” Turri said of the play.
The Tigers then were given two penalty kick opportunities, which seniors Erik Brooks and Dan Foley both converted to give Summit the four-goal lead.
“We are just coming out at the beginning of games much more aggressively,” Turri said. “Our midfielders and defenders are just all over the other team from the start of the game. (Conifer) had a hard time ever getting possession, and when they did get it, they couldn’t keep it.”
Thursday night’s match might be the best example thus far as to how a fairly inexperienced Tiger team to start the season has started to gel.
“Our confidence is definitely up,” Turri said. ” … We have to keep that same level hough, and then we could beat anybody.”
The Tigers now look ahead to two games next week. The first at Centaurus on Tuesday; the other at home, Thursday, against Golden.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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