At the end of the regular season, the Park City High School boys' soccer team was outscored 3-0 in two losses to Judge Memorial and Juan Diego.
Now, the Miners are on their way to the state final game after defeating Desert Hills 2-1 on Friday afternoon at Jordan High School.
Park City coach Jesse Blais said the Miners' turnaround has been impressive.
"It's all kind of when you peak," he said. "It was better to lose those last two regular season games and come in (to the playoffs) as a sleeper third seed."
Park City jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a rocket off the foot of Carl Turner. The Miners would add another goal shortly thereafter when Turner got fouled in the goal box.
Will McFarlane nailed the penalty kick, and the Miners found themselves up 2-0 at halftime.
Things got tense in the second half though, when, with 16 minutes and 58 seconds left, Desert Hills scored to cut the lead to 2-1.
But, goalkeeper Casey Sederman and the Park City defense were up to the task, holding off the Thunder for the remaining time and sealing the victory.
"He's an exceptional soccer player," Blais said of his goalkeeper. "He saved us a lot. Hopefully he has another game like that tomorrow."
The Miners could end up squaring off against archrival Wasatch for the third time this season. The Wasps have beaten Park City twice this season.
Sederman said the Miners don't care who they play, but wouldn't mind getting another shot at Wasatch.
"It would be crazy," he said. "Especially if we beat them. That would be great."
Garrett Bullough said the Miners have been working on getting contributions from everyone on the roster, and that showed Friday afternoon.
"You can't win with 12 or 13 players," he said. "You have to win with a strong group of 18 players. That's how we did that."
The state title game will start at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.