Despite finishing its regular season unblemished at 14-0-2, the Park City High School girls' soccer team starts its official road to Rio Tinto Stadium at 4 p.m. this afternoon as the Miners host the visiting Morgan Lady Trojans at the North 40 Field in the first round of the 3A state tournament.
The Lady Trojans finished fourth in Region 11 with a 7-9 overall record, 6-6 in region play. Through 16 matches, Morgan has allowed 51 goals while scoring just 33, so the visitors could be in for a long day against a high-powered Miner offense and stingy defense.
Juniors Jessica Dancy, Maggie Reigelsperger and Gretchen Swenson will look to utilize their speed against the Lady Trojans as each player has the ability to make game-changing plays with her speed and feet. In the midfield, senior Anneke Efinger and junior Kenzie Bothner will look to keep the Morgan offense off balance and provide service to their Park City speedsters up top.
Morgan's Natasha Andersen leads her team in goals with eight, while Megan Miner has scored six. Miner goalie Skye Mooney had seven consecutive shutouts this year and will look to start a new consecutive-goose egg streak today.
Following Park City's 2-1 win over rival Wasatch last Tuesday, Reigelsperger said winning the Region 10 title is an accomplishment but it would mean nothing if the Miners don't take care of business early in the playoffs.
"I don't want to say it's a good thing that we're playing last-place teams, because sometimes they can be underestimated and you never know what's going to happen, especially in the playoffs," she said. "Teams bring their best. It can be a little scary sometimes."
Should the Miners defeat Morgan this afternoon, they will advance to the 3A quarterfinals to face either Dixie or Payson Saturday at 1 p.m. in Park City. Looming on the same side of the bracket as Park City this year is defending state champion Ogden, which is 15-0-0.