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Peter Haynes

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The Summit boys’ soccer team got off to a blistering start this season with with two wins and a tough loss against non-league teams.

The first game was against always-hard-to-beat Conifer. The game went into overtime with a 1-1 score after Summit went down to 10 men following a red card on Connor Craig. One half of overtime was not enough to settle it.  The game went to double overtime and the game winning goal was scored by Summit’s defender, Ryan Snell. Coming off of that hard-fought win, Summit central midfielder and junior, Evan Wolfson. said, “We fought hard and never gave up. We played with a lot of heart and always knew we were gonna come out of there with a W.”

The following Tuesday, Summit had another non-league game against 3A Aspen High School.  The game was supposed to be an easy win, with a 3A school playing a 4A school, but that all changed when Aspen went up 1-0 in the first 15 seconds. The Aspen boys fought hard to keep the lead but it was not enough. Two goals from Ismael Valenzuela and a goal from Farid Infante gave Summit their first home win of the season.  They would go 2-0 on their record.

Only two days later, Summit was set to face top 15 ranked Valor Christian. The game kicked off, and Summit soon found themselves down a goal to a great free kick from Valor. The majority of the game was controlled by Valor until a minute before half-time.  A deft touch over a defender’s head from Farid followed by a great give and go with freshman, Andre Ayala, saw Farid slot one past the goalie and tie the game. Both teams had their chances in the second half, but no one could finish. Two halves could not separate the two two teams and overtime was needed.

With only three minutes left in double overtime, Valor junior and all-state player, Dalton Georgopulos, picked up the ball about 30 yards out and hit an amazing shot into the top right corner, beating Summit keeper Kyle Wertz. The game would end in a loss.

When head coach of Summit, Tommy Gogolen, was asked about the game, he responded, “We gave them far too many free kicks and weren’t disciplined enough with our defending. Other than that, we played very well and, based on this performance, I’d say we have a good shot at playoffs and maybe even a good run in the playoffs.”

Summit will have their first league match against rivals Battle Mountain on Tuesday the 12th of September. This will be a must-win game for Summit if they want to win their league and have a shot at playoffs.

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