Summit takes down Murphy 10-1 in season opener

Summit Charter Middle School boys soccer team won against Murphy at home on Tuesday with a final of 10-1. Summit Head Coach Jeremy Robinson said most of the team hasn’t played competitively before and he’s thrilled with their performance.

“With such an inexperienced team overall, this result definitely exceeded our expectations,” said Robinson. “That being said, this season we are focused on developing these players and improving as a team. I’m happy for the players to start off the season with a bang but we know we have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be as a team.”

Summit Anthony Qemali scored at least 4 goals and created opportunities for other players who capitalized on them, including 6th graders Sammy Lehotsky, Chance Wilson, and August Stewart-Payne who Robinson said attacked well throughout the game.   

Summit Anthony Qemali was a force to be reckoned with on the field putting away at least 4 goals against Murphy on Tuesday.

Summit Lauch Young said it was a good start to the season.

“It was an early season game and we have to work on our skills,” said Young. “We just need to focus and continue to play like we did today for the rest of our games.”

Summit Lauch Young dishes off the ball in the nick of time.

Summit August Stewart-Payne said they did a lot of things right out there on the field.

“We passed really good and we scored a lot,” he said. “It went really well all game.”

Summit Oliver Dyer moves the ball ufield under pressure by Murphy on Tuesday at home.

Brady Jolly said the team hasn’t had too much time to practice so far, and he’s happy with how it turned out.

“We did a lot better than we did in some of our practices, and we’ve only been doing that a couple weeks,” said Jolly. “And we need to work on our positioning, we were kind of all over out there today.”

Summit Sammy Lehotsky keeps the pressure on Murphy’s goalie.

Robinson said it’s a young team this year and several players have never played competitively.

“We only have four players returning from last-year’s team and many of our players are new to organized soccer,” he said. “We are glad to have them come out.  We have a group of 6th graders that have come up and are going to be special. They flashed some moments today, and showed their potential.”

Summit Alex Barranco makes the steal and moves the ball up field under the gentle guidance of his teammates.

Robinson said establishing a lead like the one Summit had on Tuesday allows the team to try some new things in a game setting.

“We tried to focus on what we needed to improve.  We’ve only had a few practices all together so we were trying to focus on formation and assignments,” he said. “With new guys, there is a learning curve with learning positions and so on. We tried to regroup at the half even with a lead and focusing on our formation and game plan.”

Zimmerman Boswell threads the needle between two Murphy players at home on Tuesday.

Robinson said he sees good things on the horizon.

“I hope this season all of our guys can gain experience and improve as students and athletes,” he said. “We want to create a culture where our kids are dedicated, hardworking, and good sportsmen who always give their best in class and on the field. Results are secondary to that.”

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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