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Ahead of their class

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

For a team that has state title aspirations, going 1-1 may not appear too satisfactory on the surface. But the Park City High School girls’ soccer team knows that if it can stay within striking distance of much larger Hillcrest and Bountiful, then Region 10 will seem easy.

The Class 3A Miners did just that in their home opener, beating Class 5A Hillcrest 3-1 on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 field. Hillcrest went 9-6-1 in Utah’s highest class before losing in the state playoffs to Jordan last season.

"I’m feeling really good about where we’re at this point in the season," said PCHS head coach Chip Cook.

Blake Lukanowski assisted Julia Kranstover on the first goal to put the Miners ahead 1-0 going into the half. After the half, goaltender-turned-midfielder Bethany Kanten scored on a direct free kick and part-time freestyle skier Siena Palmacci kicked the ball over the goalkeeper’s head on an aggressive play to finish the game 3-1. Ashley Means scored the lone goal for Hillcrest.

"We took advantage of our opportunities in that game," Cook said. "I felt like we created some good opportunities to score, and we converted."

The Miners lost 4-1 at Bountiful on Thursday night, but not without a strong fight in the second half. The Braves came in 0-2, but made it to the 4A state quarterfinals last year before losing to eventual champion Timpanogos in overtime. Bountiful beat the Miners 6-0 last preseason.

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Maggie Reigelsperger scored the lone goal for the Miners, who saw a different pace than they faced against Hillcrest, Chip said. "They’re a good team, and we had a slow start and a bad first half."

Cook said she was pleased that her team had the character to withstand the initial charge from the Braves and control the bulk of possession in the second period before finally conceding the game’s final goal with eight minutes to play.

Park City, which lost eight seniors from last season’s Region 10 championship team, has been tinkering with lineups hoping to find the best fit before the region season begins. Sophomore Skye Mooney has responded well, Cook said, to varsity time in goal as Kanten plays up front.

The team played its third game in four days at Olympus on Friday after The Record went to press. Its next game is at home against Sky View on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 3:30 p.m. on the North 40 field behind Treasure Mountain International School. The Miners will play at home again on Thursday at the same time against Lone Peak.