Summit prep roundup: Boys soccer off to strong start – Colorado News

Summit prep roundup: Boys soccer off to strong start – Colorado News

Boys soccer coach Tommy Gogolen is pleased with his team’s play thus far with the Tigers securing a pair of victories to open the season, suffering two close losses against powerhouse programs and cruising by Palisade 9-0 on Saturday.

At Palisade, Summit (3-2, 1-1) got two goals each from Conor Craig, Farid Infante and Ismael Valenzuela. Ryan Snell, Evan Wolfson and Saul Daniel also scored, and Jackson Stone held strong at midfield and fed the Tigers offense throughout the Class 4A Western Slope Conference matchup.

In a 4-3 defeat against Battle Mountain on Tuesday, Summit was down by four goals early in the second half at SHS when the Tigers battled back.

Senior goalkeeper Kyle Wertz recorded 10 saves in the contest, and junior Infante and sophomore Daniel each logged second-half goals with assists from seniors Stone and Craig.

The third Tigers’ goal came when Stone had a free kick, Craig deflected the ball and, in a scramble in front of the net, Infante punched it in for his second of the day.

The loss to Battle Mountain came after Summit fell 2-1 in overtime against Valor Christian on Sept. 7.

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“We’re happy with 2-2, considering we gave Battle Mountain and Valor Christian a run for their money,” Gogolen said going into the game against Palisade.

In the season opener, Tigers senior Snell clinched a 2-1 overtime victory over Conifer on a header after senior Cash Koning scored the Tigers’ first goal, and the coach called it “just a really good way to start the season.”

In the following game, Aspen came out hot and scored about 30 seconds into the Tigers’ home opener. “It was tough for the boys to deal with,”…

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