The Park City High School girls' lacrosse team found itself in an unfamiliar situation midway through the first half of Friday evening's game against Jordan at Knoop Field in Park City.
The scoreboard read 5-3, but it was Jordan, not undefeated Park City, that was on top.
Eventually, the Miners settled down and looked like the team that has regularly dominated opponents this season, outscoring Jordan 10-2 for the rest of the game to earn a 15-7 victory.
After playing Jordan a couple times previously this season, Park City coach Amy Hafets-Cronin wasn't surprised that Friday's game started out as a battle.
"Jordan's a very competitive team," she said. "This is the third time we've played them this season, so we know them pretty well. They're an aggressive team and they're very quick. They gave us a great game in the first half."
Coming into the final 20 minutes of play, Hafets-Cronin said she was confident the Miners would regroup and play the way they've played all season.
"We just wanted our girls to continue playing their game and stay positive and stay confident," she said. "When we went back in for the second half, that's kind of the message that we gave them."
Hafets-Cronin was especially impressed with the way the Park City offense continued to find unique ways to break through the Jordan defense and score.
"We have a lot of confidence in every single one of our attack players to take a player one-on-one and make something out of it," she said. "They are very creative. You see a shot where Dani [Lecher] shovels one into the cage and then there's Hannah [Hyatt] doing a little backhand flip into the cage they know how to take advantage of certain situations. As a coach, it's nice to see them see the game at that level."
Defensively, Hafets-Cronin was pleased with the way the unit kept playing hard and eventually stymied the Jordan attack. She noted the play of goalie Mireia Calaf, who has been steadily improving as the season wears on.
"[She] impresses us every day with how she's improving," she said. "To think that she just picked up the sport a few weeks ago is amazing. You can see that she steps right. She steps out to the shot to meet it. I thought she did an excellent job in the game today."
With the win, the Miners improved to 2-0 in the Northern Conference and to 7-0 overall. But, as always, even with the unblemished record, Hafets-Cronin knows her team can be even better. The Miners will continue to work on their draw controls and getting to as many 50-50 balls as possible.
"We do a lot of drills of that in practice because it's such a critical part of the game," she said. "Whoever wins the 50-50 battle usually wins the game. Draw controls, ground balls they're just so important."
Park City played at Judge Memorial on Tuesday (after this issue went to press). The Miners will be back in action on Wednesday, April 23, at Olympus.