SEQUOYAH — It was Eagles vs. Eagles in Tuesday night’s soccer games between Sequoyah and Summit Christian.
Because this was the season opener for both the girls and boys squads of Sequoyah, the bleachers held a respectable amount of fans on both sides, but the teams experienced two different outcomes.
It was a tough day for the Sequoyah Lady Eagles, for they fell to Summit Christian in a 5-2 decision. The Sequoyah boys team, though, demonstrated superb defensive skills in route to a close 1-0 victory.
G | SUMMIT 5, SEQUOYAH 2: Through the first 15 minutes of the game, the Sequoyah girls played exceptionally well, passing and keeping the ball on the opponent’s side of the field.
Within those 15 minutes Sequoyah had three shots that all bounced off the goalpost, missing the net by just inches.
Shortly after, Summit Christian found its stride on offense and didn’t look back, scoring three quick goals in the 17th, 18th, and 20th minutes. As a result, Sequoyah trailed 3-0 at halftime.
However, Sequoyah was much more competitive offensively in the second half. Seven minutes into the second half, the Lady Eagles scored their first goal on a cross.
However, it was only a matter of seconds before Summit Christian fielded the ball after the goal to score one of its own within the same minute.
Sequoyah went on to score one more goal in the 68th minute, and Summit Christian capped it off with the final goal in the 77th minute.
Star Summit Christian foward Kennedy Langebartels scored four of the her team’s five goals.
B | SEQUOYAH 1, SUMMIT 0: The boys Sequoyah squad played tremendously on both sides of the field, though it scored only one goal.
Every player on the field for Sequoyah seemed to be in sync, knowing exactly where to run or pass.
The only goal in this match occurred early in the game when Tyler Kruis weaved through defenders to score in the 12th minute.
Summit Christian had a few close shots that almost went in, including a free kick with mere seconds left in the first half.
The SC Eagles scrambled to the ball and kicked it into the goal, but it did not count because time had expired before the kick.
Sequoyah had many other opportunities to score, but it just couldn’t get a few little things to fall its way.
Early in the second half, Braxton Bulman almost executed a beautiful free kick from 30 yards out, but it hit the crossbar.
Tyler Kruis almost tallied his second goal of the night with a header, but the ball barely floated over the goal.
In the final five minutes, Summit Christian pushed as hard as it could to get a goal before time expired, with the final attempt coming on a corner kick that led to Drake Olari diving for the ball and catching it in midair to seal the victory.