PC Extreme goes all the way
November 9, 2010
Dating back to the beginning of the season with The Mayors Cup Tournament featuring the best youth soccer teams greater Salt Lake City had to offer, the U-10 girls’ Park City Extreme team finished second to what was considered possibly the best team in the state, Utah’s Club Avalanche.
Extreme slugged it out all season, earning many great wins and enduring a few tough losses. During the last game of the season, with first place on the line, Park City ran smack-dab into Club Avalanche.
With the original game postponed due to four inches of snow covering the field at Trailside Elementary School, the plot only thickened as the anxiety heightened.
With the game rescheduled for a sunny Tuesday afternoon, the two teams met for the final showdown of the year.
Park City had never beaten Club Avalanche, and one could only wonder if the tide would turn. After all, just the week before, Extreme had knocked off a terrific Sparta team for the first time all season.
During the first half, Park City held Avalanche scoreless, but with time dwindling, a terrific assist and a powerful breakaway shot on goal allowed Extreme to strike first as the whistles blew ending play for the half.
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Park City went to the bench leading 1-0 and a whiff of optimism was in the now-cooling air.
However, in the opening minutes of the second half, Avalanche equalized the score with a shot that seemed to take took multiple deflections and eventually slipped by a determined Park City goalie.
It would become nervous time, a feeling no doubt was shared by both benches.
With roughly six minutes to go, Extreme did it again, punching the ball into the back of the net to go up 2-1.
Although it seemed like the clock would never run out, it finally did.
Park City Extreme had secured its first triumph over a great Avalanche team. The girls shook hands, the coaches took their first deep breaths and the parents just smiled.
As the team regrouped for post-game congratulations, cupcakes were broken out to celebrate head coach Jesse Martin’s birthday.
Jesse told the girls it was the best birthday present she could have asked for.
It was a day later that the girls learned they had finished No. 1 in the state. They had accomplished something they will always treasure; they had brought home the title for the Park City.