PCHS soccer wins at Uintah
April 15, 2014
Friday’s game at Uintah didn’t have quite the same flair as when the Park City High School boys’ soccer team squared off against its Region 10 opponent at Dozier Field a couple weeks ago.
In that game, the Miners needed a late goal from Garrett Magie to break a 1-1 tie and pick up the victory. But, on Friday, things went much more smoothly for Park City.
After a scoreless first half in Vernal, Will Macfarlane found the back of the net in the second half to put the Miners up 1-0. Alex Jackson added a second goal before the Utes were able to net their only goal late in the Miners’ 2-1 win.
Park City coach Jesse Blais said it was good to see his team finally break through and score a couple goals in the second half after a slower first half.
"The first half, we controlled possession quite a bit," he said. "They were sitting back and not letting us score. We didn’t create a lot of chances and just sort of moved the ball."
That changed after halftime, when Blais told his team to be more aggressive.
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"I told them to be a little more direct, to try to get more chances," he said. "It opened us up to the counter-attack a little bit more, but we were getting some good possession in the middle."
That move paid off right away with Macfarlane’s goal.
"On one of the attacks, Will had 10 to 15 yards in front of him and he took a long shot that hit the upper corner of the goal," Blais said. "It was a beautiful shot."
Jackson followed it up with a less-beautiful, yet equally-effective goal in which he used his chest to knock the ball past the Uintah keeper from close range.
"He had a great first touch and willed it into the goal," Blais said. "He ended up in the goal, too."
After gaining a 2-0 advantage, Blais felt like his team took its foot of the pedal a little bit too much, allowing Uintah too many chances to get back in the game.
"We kind of sat back a little bit, content on a two-goal lead," he said. "That allowed them to have more space in the middle and get some more chances."
The Miners will work on shoring up that aspect of their game over the next few practices and games.
"We need to learn to keep pressure on teams," Blais said. "We do well when we are making a team play balls under pressure the whole game."
But, he added, anytime you can go on the road and pick up a win, especially in region play, it’s a good thing.
"I thought we played really well," he said. "It’s always hard to play in Uintah it’s a long trip there, they’re a better team now and they offer up a lot of competition."
Park City (7-3 overall, 5-0 in Region 10 play) was scheduled to take on non-region rival Wasatch on Tuesday afternoon at Dozier Field (after this issue went to press). The Miners will be back in action on Friday afternoon against Union. The game will start at 3:30 p.m. at Dozier Field.