PCHS soccer team downs Hillcrest
Ryan Summerlin April 5, 2013
Halfway through the second half of Thursday afternoon’s soccer game at Park City High School, Alejandro Vieyra and Gunner Stray-Gundersen figured out the Hillcrest defense.
With 26 minutes left, Vieyra sent a pass past his defender, allowing Gundersen to win a race to the ball and beat the goalkeeper, giving Park City a 1-0 lead.
Five minutes later, the duo connected again, with Vieyra heading the ball to a streaking Gundersen, who once again found the back of the net, sending the Miners to a 2-0 win against a tough 4A opponent.
Gundersen said he was just happy to take advantage of a scoring opportunity.
"In the first half, I didn’t have many chances and I didn’t put them away," he said. "But I ended up with two goals (in the second half). The team played great once we got the rhythm going in the second half."
Vieyra credited Gundersen for taking advantage of his passes.
"My forwards were making great runs," he said. "Gunner made two great runs and he finished them."
On the defensive end, PCHS goalie Casey Sederman made sure Hillcrest wouldn’t make a comeback, stopping three close-range shots (including a penalty kick) in the final 15 minutes.
"Casey is just a wall sometimes," Park City coach Jesse Blais said. "He’ll play consistently good every single game, but sometimes he just steps up to where no one can even score in the upper beams."
"Our defense played great and Casey was phenomenal," Gundersen agreed. "Without him, we would have lost."
Hillcrest entered the game undefeated, but that didn’t faze the Miners, who matched their opponents step for step in the victory.
"We were going to come out and play with everything we had," Vieyra said. "And that’s what we did."
When things started to get physical in the second half, Blais said he was proud of the way his team kept calm.
"For the most part, my team is very composed," he said. "They keep their heads and they have a lot of class."
Even after Charlie Moffat was sent sprawling into the Park City bench by a shove from a Hillcrest player, and another Miner was tripped and then stepped on, earning the Hillcrest player a red card, Park City managed to avoid any ejections.
"Once they chip at you, you’ve got to let it go and keep your head," Gundersen said. "The worst thing you can do is talk back."
Park City (6-2-1) will be back in action on Monday at Juan Diego. Vieyra said the win against Hillcrest will give the Miners plenty of confidence heading into the Region 10 showdown.
"It makes us think we can beat anyone," he said. "We just need to play hard like we did today and I think we’ll be good."
Blais said the Miners just need to come out strong and keep the pressure up offensively.
"It’s a very tough place to play," he said. "We’ve just got to keep scoring goals."