After a couple of unlucky bounces in Thursday afternoon's girls' soccer match, the Park City High School Miners found themselves down 2-0 to 4A Mountain Crest.
The first, midway through the first half, took an odd bounce off a Miner's head and fell directly to the feet of a Mountain Crest player, who drove it to the net and beat the Park City keeper.
The second, early in the second half, grazed a player's hand as she was trying to clear it just outside the goal box, resulting in a Mountain Crest free kick. The Mustangs didn't waste that opportunity, either, beating both the wall of Miners and the keeper on the short attempt for the second goal.
When all was said and done at the North 40 fields, Park City watched its record drop to 3-3-1 on the season with a 4-1 loss.
PCHS coach Chip Cook was disappointed with the Miners' effort, citing a lack of cohesiveness on the field.
"We're a team with a lot of individual talent that has a long way to go," she said. "We can't just assume that our individual talent is going to win us a state championship. We have to figure out our identity as a team and go out and show we want to win."
There were some good things happening on the field, though, Cook acknowledged, including Devon Dunmire's second half goal during a scrum in front of the Mountain Crest net.
"We had some shining moments tonight," she said. "I was pleased with some of our possession."
But there's still a long way for the Miners to go before they open region play against Juan Diego on Thursday.
"We definitely have all the pieces to the puzzle," Cook said. "But we have a long way to go to put that puzzle together."
Though the Miners' three losses so far this season have been to a 5A squad and two 4A teams, she said Thursday afternoon's effort isn't going to cut it against rival 3A teams.
"If we play the way we played tonight, we're going to have a hard time with some 3A teams," she said. "It's fine to make mistakes in a soccer game, but we have to try to fix the simple ones. It's the little things that we're not doing."
All in all though, it was no harm, no foul for Park City against Mountain Crest. But that doesn't mean there weren't lessons to be learned.
"Let's face it: this is a non-region game," Cook said. "But if we continue to play this way in region, we will not win state. We won't even get to the championship game."
And, for this year's group of seniors, another tough postseason loss would be tough to take.
"Our seniors, some of them have been a part of two losses in the state championship and one loss in the semis," Cook said. "And all of them were 1-0 losses. It's a terrible way to lose."
But there's still a long region season ahead, Cook added, and there's still plenty of time to grow as a team.
"I know they're quite capable and can do these things," Cook said. "It's just a matter of playing as a team."
Thursday's game against Juan Diego will be held at the North 40 fields and is slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.