Nicole Greene puts a shot on goal against Corner Canyon on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
Nicole Greene puts a shot on goal against Corner Canyon on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

Yes, the Park City High School girls' soccer team is currently winless, having started the 2014 season with an 0-6 record.

And yes, the Miners' were shut out for the third game in a row on Tuesday afternoon, falling 4-0 to Corner Canyon at the North 40 fields in Park City.

But Park City coach Chip Cook isn't panicking. In fact, she said, the team has been much better since a disappointing 4-1 loss in Heber to rival Wasatch last Monday.

"I really don't feel like [Tuesday's] final score was a true indicator of how the game went," she said. "I was actually really, really pleased with our progress. I think we've gotten better and better since the Wasatch game."

The offense has struggled mightily this season, scoring only three goals in six games. But it was evident on Tuesday that the Miners are improving in that department, as they put consistent pressure on the Corner Canyon defense.

"We did some things we haven't done yet our possession was really good and we were making good passes," Cook said. "We just couldn't get off that last shot. And when we did, their goalkeeper was really good, too."

Defensively, it's always hard to see a four-spot put up against you, Cook acknowledged. But, she added, the mistakes the defense made on Tuesday will require only minor coaching to rectify.

"We made gigantic mistakes, but they'll be easy to fix," she said. "I don't feel like the other team dominated us in any way. We've got the kids in place to be able to handle them if we make small adjustments.



Injuries and illness have plagued the Miners so far this year, so it's been hard to develop consistency.

"[Goalie] Hannah [Hyatt] wasn't feeling very well last night," Cook said. "And we've yet to have a completely healthy squad this season. As we get more practice opportunities and kids get healthier, we'll be able to solve a lot of our problems. We're just going to look to continue to develop and get these more minor injuries ironed out.

Paula Garcia brings the ball up the field on Tuesday afternoon against Corner Canyon. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)
Paula Garcia brings the ball up the field on Tuesday afternoon against Corner Canyon. (Christopher Reeves/Park Record)

One player who won't be returning to the field this season, however, is sophomore center back Bailey Hoglin, who found out on Wednesday that her knee injury, which she suffered against Olympus last week, would keep her out until March.

"She's got a really positive attitude about it," Cook noted. "She's been super supportive from the sidelines. She's communicating well with the defenders. Her outlook right now is to watch and learn so that next year she can come out and be an even better player. That's the type of attitude we need from everyone."

While the defense will certainly be hurt by Hoglin's absence, the bigger worry right now is the offensive production. But, Cook said, after losing 13 seniors from the 2013 squad, the young forwards are looking better with each game.

"We're talking about positioning off the ball and anticipating rather than reacting," she said. "We're working with them on that every day. It's a young, inexperienced forward line. Instead of thinking and reacting, they need to be thinking constantly about where their best position is. It's when fatigue sets in that the thinking starts to go. But they're getting fitter and they're learning to play together."

As the losses continue to mount for Park City, Cook said it's important for her team not to lose its motivation.

"Losing to 4A and 5A's top-notch schools should not in any way affect our confidence," she said. "I am not worried at all about losing all of our games so far. The amount of improvement we've shown is marked. We're reassuring them that it's the improvement that counts.

"We've had moments of brilliance throughout the season. If that can become the habit instead of an occasional thing, we'll be fine."

Cook noted that the Miners haven't played a 3A opponent yet this season and won't until Region 10 play opens up on Thursday, Sept. 11. Though she said the team won't take any opponent for granted, she thinks her team is still very much in the mix for a region title.

"3A schools are still going to be a challenge," she said. "The speed of play could possibly be a little bit different, but I don't want us to slow down I want us to continue our speed of play and not play to the level of our opponents.

"I never know from year to year what 3A is going to be like. But I don't mind going in as the underdog, having lost 13 seniors from last year. I think we might surprise some people. I just want us to believe in our team as it is and not what it was."

The Miners will be back in action on Thursday, Sept. 4, when they host Provo at the North 40 fields.