Two road matches against formidable 4A opponents turned into two victories for the Park City High School girls' soccer team last week.

The Miners defeated Logan on its home turf 3-1 on Thursday, Aug. 9, in their first match of the season. Park City cruised to a 2-0 lead at halftime and didn't look back. Senior captain and midfielder Rachael Papez netted a goal, while junior attackers Maggie Reigelsperger and Jessica Dancy also scored.

Park City then took on Mountain Crest Friday morning and faced a 2-1 halftime deficit but rallied and stole a win from the home side, leaving Cache Valley with a 3-2 victory and a perfect 2-0 start to the 2012 season.

Dancy netted her second goal of the season against the Mustangs, while midfielders Lauren Walker and McKenzie Bothner also helped the Miners' rally.

"As a team, we're playing better and quicker than we have in the past years," said head coach Chip Cook. "A lot of that comes from the players' abilities, but in general, most of the kids play a very similar style of soccer in the off-season, and they are able to translate that onto the field with each other."

The first six games of the Miners 2012 campaign are against six 4A and 5A teams. After facing off against Logan and Mountain Crest in Cache Valley, Park City hosted Bountiful Tuesday afternoon after this edition went to press. Then, the Miners are slated to host Skyline Thursday, followed by Olympus (Aug. 21) and 5A Weber (Aug. 28).

"We feel like we're learning a lot about each other and who we are and we hope that we keep building," Cook said.


"It's a really positive atmosphere -- an optimistic atmosphere -- and everybody is building confidence with one another."