Tigers rout Pirates as crucial matches loom
FARMER’S KORNER – Playing its first game since cracking the Denver Post’s 4A top 10, the No. 8 Summit High School boys soccer team backed up the recognition with a convincing 5-0 victory over hapless Alameda Saturday at Tiger Stadium in its league opener.Chris Nowakiwsky scored twice to lead Summit; Kevin Pelen booted home a penalty kick; and Tyler Brooks and Jeff Spaulding each scored his first goal of the season.Tigers keeper Kylor Dossett batted away a Pirates penalty kick late in the second half to preserve his fifth shutout in seven games, and Summit moved to 4-0-3 (1-0 Jeffco) going into its most important week of play yet.The Tigers play at Battle Mountain (Tuesday) and then host Golden (Thursday) in their next two matches. Both opponents are 7-0. “It’s going to tell our whole season,” said SHS coach Peter Shafroth.
If they play as they did in the second half on Saturday, they should be fine. After converting just two of 14 shots in the first half – one of which was Pelen’s penalty kick – the Tigers were much more efficient in the second 40 minutes, scoring three times on six shots. “Those are the kind of stats I like to see,” said Shafroth. “I thought they really worked a lot better together as a team in the second half.”Pelen opened the scoring five minutes into the game, as he took little time to produce in his first game back from a one-game suspension for getting a red card in an earlier match. The goal – which came after he was taken down on a questionable call in the box – was his team-leading fifth of the year.Brooks, a senior, followed Pelen’s score with one of his own in the 11th minute. After breaking free behind Alameda’s back line, he snuck a low shot past Pirates keeper Andres Guzman.
After hitting the post and crossbar on separate shots in the first half, Nowakiwsky found twine in the 30th minute on a penalty kick. It was the second consecutive match in which he’s scored on a free kick.The Tigers made it 4-0 on a beautiful header goal by Nowakiwsky six minutes after he scored his first. Off a perfect crossing chip by senior Andrew Quinonez, Nowakiwsky directed the ball into the right side of the net for his fourth score of the year.The crowd stood and cheered in appreciation of the play, louder than they had all day.Spaulding’s first career varsity goal came in the 24th minute and sealed the deal for Summit. Taking a nice feed from reserve fullback Tim Kroening, Spaulding slid it underneath a charging Guzman then celebrated with his arms raised high in the air.Despite the barrage of scoring, the shutout was still in doubt until Dossett stopped Pirates captain Carlos Felix’s penalty kick late in the second half. Although it was the first time all afternoon Summit’s senior keeper was tested, he said he treated it as if the game was on the line.
“I like to go out of easy games like this with a shutout,” Dossett said, adding that the Tigers’ flat back defense – anchored by Aaron George and Victor Casillas – has been integral in each of the five shutouts.Alameda dropped to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in Jeffco play with the loss.Thursday’s SHS Homecoming match with Golden starts at 6 p.m.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-3998, ext. 231, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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