As the weather got colder Thursday afternoon at the North 40 fields, the Park City High School girls' soccer team's offense heated up.
When a clear autumn day gave way to driving snow, the Miners unleashed a flurry of shots at the Morgan goal, connecting for four first-half goals en route to a 5-1 victory.
Sophomore Lindsay Gordon set up the first goal, hitting senior Kenzie Bothner with a crisp pass that Bothner sent past the Morgan goalkeeper. Gordon also played a prominent role in the third Park City goal, drawing a foul in the box. Maggie Reigelsperger took the penalty kick and scored.
Reigelsperger also set up the second and fifth Miner goals off corner kicks, finding Devon Dunmire on the first corner. Dunmire's shot ricocheted to Jessie Dancy, who hit the ball with her heel into the net. Reigelsperger bounced her second corner kick off a Morgan defender and into the goal in the second half.
Cheyenne Turner scored Park City's other goal, drilling a shot into the upper-right corner of the net from outside the goal box.
Park City coach Chip Cook said playing in the cold, snowy conditions is nothing new for her squad.
"We were prepared," she said. "We knew it was going to be cold today. And they're mountain kids they play well in the cold."
After a 2-1 loss to Juan Diego on Tuesday afternoon, Thursday's 5-1 victory was exactly what Park City needed to right the ship.
"We had trouble the other night scoring goals against Juan Diego," Cook said. "We totally dominated. They had three shots and scored on two. We were the opposite we had 16 and scored once. Soccer is a game of percentages. Sometimes the percentages don't go your way."
Cook added that seeing a couple bounces go the Miners' way on Thursday afternoon was something the team needed.
"Jessie's goal was really opportunistic," she said. "It was off a deflection and she was there. She's been there numerous times before, but there have been a bunch of times we've just missed by inches."
But soccer isn't all luck, and Cook was quick to point out that having a leader like Reigelsperger on the field gives the offense plenty of opportunities to score.
"Maggie has been playing great in a new position," she said. "That's because she's showing patience. She's not moving too far forward too quickly. She's holding the midfield well."
Now the challenge becomes maintaining the momentum from Thursday into next week's final region games. Cook said the region loss doesn't change anything for the Miners.
"The reality is you have to win every game [in the playoffs] anyway," she said. "It's one-and-done; we have to beat everybody. We just have to play great soccer no matter where or who we're playing."
With a game at Uintah on Tuesday and a game at home against Union on Thursday, Cook said the focus will be on continuing to come together as a cohesive unit.
"One loss in region play isn't the end of the world it doesn't define us as a team," she said. "We're going to hope that we keep growing and reach our peak when we need to."
Thursday's game against Union is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the North 40 fields.