Summit women’s football falls in shootout against Glenwood Springs, 3-2
The 4A Western Slope league schedule has been a glove this season for the Summit women’s soccer team, with many games having playoff-like energy and coming down to a single goal.
The Tigers’ senior game against the Glenwood Springs Demons on Thursday, May 5, was no different, with the two league rivals meeting in a shootout for the second time this season.
In the teams’ first game at Glenwood Springs on April 8, Summit lost 1-0. However, since that game, head coach Jotwan Daniels feels the Summit women’s soccer program has transformed, proving that it can go toe to toe with competitive league teams.
The Tigers got off to a slow and shaky start on Thursday, spending many of the opening minutes trying to slow down the Demons offense. The Demons executed by distributing the ball down the pitch and creating attacking opportunities.
Minutes into the first half, the Glenwood Springs offense chased a stray ball heading for goaltender Sarah Pappas. Pappas tried to secure the ball, but a Demons player put a toe on it to put the ball out of his reach and into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead at Glenwood.
Glenwood Springs began to dig in after the team’s first goal.
Summit’s defensive core of Brina Babich, Ella Meltzer and Gracelyn Garvert worked hard not to allow a second ball to return to Pappas, but the offense initially struggled to advance the ball further on field. On numerous occasions, a Summit striker has been met by a Glenwood Springs player waiting to steal the ball, blocking a potential offensive lead.
“It was too nervous. I don’t think we really had a good command of the game,” Daniels said of the first half. didn’t really understand until the end of the first half.”
It was Ella Snyder who finally found a way to create an opportunity. Snyder sprinted after a loose ball, took control of it, and passed it to Kelley Duffy about 15 yards from goal. Duffy got a shot, but the ball was stopped by the Demons keeper.
The Tigers’ persistence in the first half finally paid off when a blocked shot, fired by Olivia Lyman, found its way to Snyder, who was just yards from the net. She brought it home to level the game, 1-1 with nine minutes left in the first half.
The goal gave Summit a boost and the team found several more scoring opportunities as Glenwood Springs grew frustrated. At the end of the half, the game remained tied at 1-1.
Snyder and Paola Arredondo started the second half by threatening Glenwood Springs with two shots on goal, both blocked by the Demons keeper.
Summit continued to buzz around the Demons net, putting the visiting team on their heels. Duffy had another chance from around 15 yards out and managed to fire a shot over the Demons keeper to make it 2-1 with 32 minutes remaining.
Playing away from the Demons, the Tigers held possession of the ball for several minutes until the Demons found themselves with the opportunity for a free kick.
Kicking from around 25 yards, Glenwood Springs sent a ball towards Pappas, but the senior goalkeeper bounced the ball over the goal, setting up for a Devils corner.
The Demons leveled the score on the corner kick, sending a near-perfect cross pass in front of the net which was exploited, past Pappas, with 23 minutes remaining.
The exhausted Tigers attempted to re-establish themselves, but minutes later the go-ahead goal was scored when a Demons striker broke through the Tigers defense to put a ball over Pappas’ head.
Summit refused to give up. The team looked for possession of the ball and substantial attacking looks towards the net.
Senior Olyvia Snyder tried several times along the sideline to find someone across the pitch for a clear shot, but the demons were still in the ball’s path.
Glenwood Springs closed out the game to defeat Summit by one goal for the second time this season, 3-2.
“Hats off to Glenwood,” Daniels said. “We know we can play with them. We know we can hang out with them. It just wasn’t meant to be today. We gave them everything we had. »
After the match, the Summit women’s soccer team honored its three seniors Olyvia Snyder, Pappas and Elizabeth Darst, all of whom served as leaders and mentors to the team’s young athletes.
Summit will host Palisade for its final game of the season on Saturday, May 7 at 11 a.m.