Tigers felled by a silent offense against Evergreen
FARMER’S KORNER – Kyle Lord kept launching balls toward Evergreen’s far post, and the Tigers kept coming up empty.
That and one defensive breakdown resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Summit High School boys soccer team Friday night at Tiger Field.
A rock-solid Cougar defense kept Summit from building any attacks the traditional way, forcing the Tigers’ best scoring chances to come off a second-half series of about six Lord free kicks from the left side.
“I was trying to put them far post for someone to get a head on it and attack on the opportunity,” Lord said. “But their goalie was good. He came out on them and played them nice.”
Forward Quetzal Infante and halfback Todd Heller put themselves in position to make plays on Lord’s feeds, but neither could get a handle on the ball or come up with a shot.
“I wish we’d get a little more aggressive,” said Summit coach Peter Shafroth. “If someone would just take that little extra step I think we probably could have had a goal.”
Ideally, though, Summit would not be relying on free kicks for scoring opportunities. Sophomore midfielder Chris Nowakiwsky had a chance with a second-half run deep down the left side. But he seemed to take one too many dribbles and didn’t get a shot off. He thought he was fouled on the play.
Summit was outshot about 2-to-1.
“The space wasn’t there for our passing like it normally is,” Shafroth said. “They really took us out of our control game and forced us more into a punting game, which we really don’t have the speed for.”
Summit’s defense played an inspired game, despite minor injuries to fullback Conor McGahey and goalie Casey Anderson. Both were forced to leave the game, but both returned for solid second halves.
Anderson left with a hand injury but returned to make several impressive saves in the second half.
Evergreen’s goal came on the Tigers’ only major defensive mistake of the night, which came just more than 10 minutes into the game.
Cougars senior Patrick Duke took a through ball and blasted it past Anderson. Summit’s last line of defense looked for an offsides call on the play, and Anderson was caught between coming out to challenge and staying in net.
“We just seem to have one breakdown a game, and it seems to cost us,” Shafroth said.
This was Summit’s first loss in the Jefferson County League. It tied Ralston Valley last week. The Tigers are 2-6-1 overall but feel they are playing better than their record shows.
“It was kind of a rough start,” Lord said. “We’re turning it around now. We’ve been playing really well as a team. We’re starting to play full games, where before we were just putting together halves.”
The Tigers travel to Alameda Wednesday before hosting homecoming next Saturday against D’Evelyn.
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