It was senior night for the Park City High School girls' soccer team on Thursday afternoon at the North 40 fields, so the seniors figured they might as well put on a show.
They lit up the Union goal all day, with Jessie Dancy scoring twice, Hayden Shettig adding two goals and plenty of other seniors joining in the fun of Park City's 8-0 victory. Maggie Reigelsperger and Eleanor Johnston also found the back of the net in their last regular season home game.
For Park City coach Chip Cook, though, the real work begins now. The playoffs begin on Wednesday, and Cook said her team is trending in the right direction.
"The last time we played [Union], we had a lot of frustration," she said. "We created 49 chances and converted one [in a hard-fought 1-0 win in Roosevelt]. We were very determined not to let that happen today."
And they didn't. Cook is very encouraged by what she saw on Thursday afternoon.
"They did a good job possessing the ball, creating opportunities and finishing the opportunities off," she said. "There were a lot of good things happening today we were winning 50/50 balls, keeping the ball on the ground and putting the ball in a position where people could get to it."
Though an 8-0 game isn't the best way to see how far a team has progressed, Cook is confident her squad can step up in the postseason.
"It's hard to judge in a game that's a little lopsided, but I feel like they're really starting to play for one another," she said. "I saw some great combination play on the field.
With a senior-laden squad in 2013 that included Dancy, Shettig, Reigelsperger, Johnston, Kenzie Bothner, Devon Dunmire, Allison Gordon, Taylor Hodgson, Olivia Miller, Liz Reiss, Gretchen Swenson and Cheyenne Turner, Cook said she'll definitely miss this group of girls.
"They're a special group talented, skilled, extremely coachable just nice, nice kids. I'm going to miss their leadership," she said. "They've left a really great legacy for our program. Hopefully we continue to build upon what they gave us."
But first, Park City will focus on the upcoming playoffs. After an up-and-down season that ended with a 10-4-2 record (7-1-1 in region), Cook said she thinks her team still has its best soccer ahead.
"It's hard to tell if we've peaked yet," she said. "I don't think so. I think we can still go bigger. This is a group with tons of talent. They're definitely still growing, which, as a coach, is always fun to see."
Postseason success will come down to one thing, which Cook stated in two words.
"Finishing opportunities," she said. "That's been one of the more frustrating parts for everybody this year. We've created all these opportunities and haven't been able to finish them off. It's been steadily improving, though. We just hope we can continue that trend."
Park City will host a Round 1 playoff game on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. at the North 40 fields.