Summit just did not have enough left in the tank.
The Storm were not at full strength for Saturday afternoon’s first-round Class 6A girls soccer playoff match against No. 22 Grant. Senior forward Molly Day was ill on Friday, according to Summit coach Jamie Brock, and was not able to eat on the day leading up to Saturday’s match. Then early in the second half, one of No. 11-seeded Summit’s top goal scorers, junior midfielder Bree Stroud, left the game with a knee injury.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the half, Summit wilted in the second half, falling 2-1 to the Generals from Portland.
“You have that moment where you’re going to play in a big playoff game and run with whatever we have in the tank,” Brock said. “That (first) goal gave us some energy, but at halftime, you could see that we were a little tired.”
“I guess it just kinda ran out in the second half,” added senior Summit midfielder Eliza Murray. “Once we got scored on, our heads went down. I’m proud of the team; it’s just not the outcome we had hoped for.”
Summit was first to score. Stroud worked her way up the into the box, then found senior forward Maddie Beeh in front of the goal for the game’s opening goal.
“That was amazing,” senior midfielder Eliza Murray said. “We went in knowing that this was going to be a hard game, so when we got that first goal, all our attitudes went up, and we started playing like a team.”
The Generals evened the score midway through the second half when senior midfielder Lauren Edwards punched in a shot off a corner kick on a ball that Summit just could not clear.
Grant took multiple shots before finally finding the back of the net. The visitors’ next goal was a no-doubter. Senior midfielder Ruby Donaghu sprinted through Summit’s back line and scored to give the Generals a 2-1 lead with 18 minutes to go.
At that point,” Brock said, “it was kinda hard mentally to play back into it.”
The equalizing goal never came for the Storm. The clock wound down and ended their 10-win season.
As much as the loss hurt, the playing together is what will be missed the most, at least according to one Storm player.
“With such a small team, you get to know every girl so well,” Murray said. “You see them at school, at practice, at team dinners. I’m just going to miss that friendship.”
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