Miners dominate rival Jordan
Ryan Summerlin April 5, 2013
Halfway through the first quarter of Wednesday evening’s girls’ lacrosse game between Park City and Jordan at Knoop Field, the score was tied at two.
It looked like the Miners and Beetdiggers, who squared off in the semifinals of last year’s playoffs, were heading for another close game.
But then, leading 5-3 early in the second quarter, the Miners took over, scoring nine unanswered goals en route to an easy 14-4 victory.
Park City coach Amy Hafets said she was happy with the way her team played against a strong opponent.
"We just needed to make sure we matched their intensity," she said. "We knew they were definitely motivated and fired up and wanted revenge (for the Miners’ semifinal victory last year)."
She added that after a halftime talk, the Miners outscored the visitors 6-0 in the third quarter.
"We talked to them about the 50-50 balls and not letting the other team outhustle us," she said.
Hafets said senior defender Sierra Schlag provided stability to the Park City defense.
"She just came back from a concussion," she said. "Having her back on defense as a senior captain was great in helping the girls get organized."
The Miners used solid passing, strong transition play and good teamwork to get past Jordan, according to Hafets.
"I think the strength in this game was really our team play," she said. "Them looking for each other and recognizing their teammates and getting them the ball and finishing with a goal was great."
Hafets highlighted the play of a couple midfielders as keys to getting the ball from defense to offense efficiently.
"McKenna Tychsen had an awesome game on offense and did a great job moving the ball in transition," she said. "And Maddie Haynes played an awesome game at midfield for us."
Hafets added that being strong on defense makes it easier to be aggressive offensively.
"They did a great job sliding and double-teaming to cause turnovers," she said.
The Miners were scheduled to take on Alta on Friday (after this issue went to press). It would be the third time Park City and Alta have played this season, with PCHS taking the first two games.
Hafets said the Miners need to stay focused if they want to beat a tough team for a third time.
"They’re definitely going to be gunning for us since we’ve beaten them twice this year," she said. "We’d like to focus on having an aggressive ride (defensively), making sure we slow them down on their transition. Alta is a very aggressive offensive team."