Summit Middle School soccer team hopped a bus up the mountain to take on Highlands and took the win with a final 2-1.
Summit Coach Jeremy Robinson said for their first game, they played pretty well.
“Definitely proud of their effort,” he said. “We are happy and grateful to have a Spring Co-Ed season and the kids are having fun, which is the most important thing.”
Summit Taylor Robinson takes a corner kick playing against Highlands on the road.
Summit goals were scored by Taylor Robinson and Anthony Qemali. Highlands’ goal was scored by Kevin Torres.
Highlands Kevin Torres sends the ball deep into Highlands teritory.
“We’ll take it in stride and prepare for our next opportunity to play them,” said Highlands Coach Keith McKim. “Summit hustled, they kept great position on the field, and they were well coached! The summit goalkeeper had an outstanding game, especially when you consider that we had more than three to one shots on goal and still lost the match.”
Summit Anthony Qemali throws the ball in against Highlands.
McKim added that he’s proud of Summit in spite of the loss, but there things to work on.
Summit Goalie August Stewart-Payne makes a stop against Highlands on the road.
“We were constantly out of position, didn’t respond well to their offensive strategy, and didn’t play well individually,” said McKim. “Our players were very mature in their response to the loss, though. I thought they showed respect for the Summit team and took personal responsibility for their shortcomings. It was evident in subsequent practices. I think the most room for improvement is in our strategy and coaching, so I have my work cut out for me.”
Summit Sammy Lehotsky dodges and weaves down the field making his way to Highlands’ goal.
Highlands Tate Wilson heads the ball against Summit.
Summit Brayden Hahn is looking to score but he’s under pressure by Highlands Bryan Jarquin.
Highlands Isaiah Vilardo heads the ball against Summit.
Summit Jonathan Corona clears the ball out of Summit territory.
Highlands Bryan Jarquin controls a line-drive pass.
Summit Wylie Hoffman sends the ball coast to coast with a goal kick.
Summit Sidney Sinclair battles Highlands Isaiah Vilardo for the ball.
Highlands Cayden Pierson brings the ball to the outside of the field before sending it up the line.
Summit Frankie Marquina takes a shot on goal against Highlands.
Highlands Finneaus Garner stops a Summit attempt to score.
Summit Rainier Finley looks to get past Highlands Isaiah Vilardo.
Highlands James Moore sends the ball down the line against Summit.
Summit Anthony Qemali scores against Highlands on a PK.
Highlands Timmy McDowell sends the ball up to Highlands’ offense.
Highlands Tate Wilson and Sammy Lehotsky both race to control the ball.
Highlands Courtney Logan works on clearing the ball against Summit.
Highlands Aniah McKim takes a corner kick at home against Summit.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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