SANDY -- Two years ago, Juan Diego's Emily Bruder sent the Park City Miners to their knees with a stoppage-time goal in the 3A girls' state championship at Rio Tinto Stadium.
Saturday's return trip to Sandy for the first time since 2010 ended in similar fashion for a previously-undefeated Park City High School girls' soccer team. The Miners, 17-0-2 through their first 19 matches of the 2012 season, lost to the Snow Canyon Warriors with the 3A state crown on the line, 1-0.
The Lady Warriors scored the lone goal of the match in the 72nd minute when Sarah Henderson drilled a free kick a few yards outside of the 18-yard box. The ball kissed off the crossbar and dipped into the Park City net.
"We were clearly the better team," said Park City head coach Chip Cook. "We had a great game today, and we got unlucky.
"(Henderson) took a perfect shot. I couldn't have been more perfect."
While the Miners controlled most of the championship match with their possession-style offense, when the chances came, Park City ran into a string of tough luck. No chances were more prevalent than in the 64th minute when junior forward Jessica Dancy struck the post twice in a five-second span.
"We had better part of possession," Cook said. "We just couldn't convert. That's just soccer -- it's a hard game."
Park City had eight minutes to equalize following Henderson's goal, but wasn't able to get a real threat and, suddenly, the time on the Miners' previously undefeated season ran dry. For the second time in three years, the Miners collapsed on the pitch at Rio Tinto Stadium in heartbreaking fashion.
"We're going to be sad - we're going to be sad for a while," Cook said. "It will take time to recover from this, but we have to look back and take all the positives from this season, that they were a fantastic team through and through. It was an amazing group."