Summit Middle School soccer team rocks undefeated season

Summit Middle School soccer team wrapped up an undefeated season on April 23 with a win at home against Cherokee, 10-1.

“We knew we had a solid team with a good blend of new and returning players,” said Summit Coach Jeremy Robinson. “Anthony Qemali is a stand out for sure, but we were fortunate to have other options scoring goals with Chance Wilson, Frankie Marquina and Taylor [Robinson]. August Stewart-Payne played great in goal and was key in getting wins in our closer games. Our midfield and defense worked hard and really improved throughout the season. Wylie Hoffman, 7th-grader, is a force in the back and Rainier Finley really contributed nicely as a 6th-grader.”

Summit MS soccer team loses 8th-graders Johnny “the Rhino Rush” Corona, Braden Hahn, Taylor Robinson, and Anthony Qemali who transition to high school next year.

Summit 8th-graders from left are Johnny “the Rhino Rush” Corona, Taylor Robinson, Coach Jeremy Robinson, Anthony Qemali, and Braden Hahn.

“I’m really proud of this 8th grade class,” said Jeremy. “When their chance to compete in ms sports came around this year, they definitely took advantage.  They all stepped up and led this team to a great season.”

Qemali and Hahn are saying goodbye to Summit for good and will be transferring to Rabun Gap-Nacoochee next year. Qemali said he loved his time as a Summit Bear and it was great to end it on such a good note.

“We have been underdogs for the past couple of years,” said Qemali. “It feels good to show people that we can compete. It’s nice to finish with a win, but it stinks I’m not coming back. At least it was great sharing all the love with a last win.”

Summit Anthony Qemali making a b-line for Cherokee’s goal at the last game of an undefeated season.

Hahn said when the season began, he wasn’t sure how it would go.

“Going into it, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Hahn. “But after each game we got better and better and won the whole thing.”

Summit Braden Hahn shuts down a run on Summit’s goal against Cherokee.

Hahn added that playing his final game as a Summit Bear was bittersweet.

“I’ve been at Summit my entire school career,” he said. “I’m excited to try new things, but I’m definitely going to miss Summit a lot.”

Summit Taylor Robinson puts a corner kick right in front of Cherokee’s goal leading to a score.

Taylor said it felt good going undefeated her final season as a middle schooler.

“I’m sad it’s our last middle school game but I’m glad we won,” said Taylor. “It feels great getting revenge of some of the other teams who have beat us the past couple of years.”

Corona earned the name “Rhino Rush” back in the third grade due to his straightforward and aggressive playing style.

Summit Goalie August Stewart-Payne makes a stop against Cherokee.

“Rhino Rush is the only way to play and it’s become a powerful force on the field,” said Corona. “It feels so awesome go undefeated and finish the season with a win.”

Jeremy said players were psyched for the last game with an undefeated season within reach.

After winning the game, players doused Coach Jeremy Robinson.

“They knew it was their last game and showed up ready to play,” he said. “It was really fun to see it all come together.”

Summit Coach Jeremy Robinson went looking for some payback.

Summit Wylie Hoffman calmly takes a second and lets the ball settle before clearing it out of Summit territory.

Summit Chance Wilson comes flying out of nowhere to steal a Cherokee pass and make a break for the goal.

Summit Sydney Sinclair doesn’t give an inch of ground going for the ball against Cherokee.

Summit Sammy Lehotsky sends the ball to the other end of the field at home against Cherokee.

Summit Rainier Finley goes to to toe with a Chrokee player for the ball.

Summit Lydia Hughes giving it her all trying to put one Cherokee’s net.

 

Summit Samuel Dyer throws the ball in against Cherokee at home.

Summit Chloe Woods takes no chances and kicks the ball outside.

Summit Lauch Young maintains position and possession against Cherokee.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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