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Gretchen Swenson dribbles the ball up the field during a game against Juan Diego last season. Park Record File Photo

The Bountiful goalkeeper was under siege on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields in Park City.

The Park City High School girls' soccer team launched 24 shots at Charity Cole, but she was up to the challenge, stopping all but one en route to a 1-1, double-overtime tie.

The result felt all too familiar for the Miners, who battled the Braves to a 1-1, double-OT draw during last year's preseason matchup as well. But PCHS coach Chip Cook noticed some key differences from last year's match.

"I feel like the difference between last year and this year is that we clearly dominated on the offensive end," she said. "We outshot them 24 to 10 and we created opportunities. It was just that final pass that eluded us. But, having said that, their goalkeeper made some incredible saves."

Cook was also complimentary of her own goalkeepers, Marina Mayo and Hannah Hyatt. After Skye Mooney graduated, Cook wasn't sure how well Park City's new keepers would handle the pressure of facing a strong team like 4A Bountiful.

"I thought they both played really solid," she said. "They have some little things we want to work on, but in general, we were really happy with their decision-making. Hannah had one really good save in the first half and Mayo had a good one in the second half."

She added that experience like Tuesday afternoon's game will be great for their development process.

"We haven't gotten to see them in a game situation yet only in scrimmages," she said.


"Games are an entirely different experience."

Reese Pearson scored the game's first goal off a pass from Jessie Dancy in the 73rd minute to put the Miners up 1-0.

However, Bountiful quickly equalized when, in the 77th minute, Sophia Skedros headed a ball past Mayo off a corner kick from Miranda Tesch.

Both teams had opportunities to score late in the second half and in both overtime periods, but neither could find the back of the net again.

Though Park City only scored one goal, Cook said there's no reason to worry.

"I'm really pleased with the amount of offense we created today and we'll build on this," she said. "We're playing in a new system and, as they figure out how to play with each other within that system, I'm not worried about our offensive production at all."

With 11 seniors returning to the team from last year, the Miners had no problem settling into an offensive rhythm on Tuesday afternoon.

Gretchen Swenson, one of the 11 seniors, said Park City will only continue to get better as the year goes on.

"Overall, I thought we played really well," she said. "We had brand-new positioning and it was basically a whole new scheme, but I think our starting lineup is solid."

Cook said the challenge of playing Bountiful will pay off down the road.

"That's why we choose to play teams like this," she said. "We want the challenge in the preseason. We want to be pushed past our point of comfort."

Though Swenson and the Miners believe they should have beaten Bountiful, they know there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic for the rest of the season.

"At least it's not a loss that's the best way to put it," she said. "They're a good team and they play in 4A, so it's not a disappointment to tie them."