Girls’ lacrosse team trumps Titans in overtime
It may have taken them awhile, but the Park City girls lacrosse team beat Olympus 8-7 on Tuesday to complete a season-long sweep of the top-ranked team.
The victory, which came in overtime, was the result of prolific scoring and remaining calm in a very aggressive game.
"It was a nail-biter," said Park City head coach Amy Hafets. "Olympus is an excellent team."
The girls beat the Titans early in the preseason and later in the Jordan Beetdigger Tournament. Olympus has only lost to two other powerhouse teams, Alta and Orem, and was looking for a big win over Park City Tuesday afternoon.
"Olympus was very motivated to beat our girls," Hafets said.
The Titans came out with a very aggressive game plan, collecting a whopping seven yellow cards in the game. The penalties resulted in a three-minute, man-down (playing one player short) period for Olympus. In the meantime, the Miners were able to navigate through the Titans’ intense play and emerge unscathed with no yellow cards.
"Our girls used it to their advantage," Hafets said. "They kept their heads in the game and played with controlled intensity."
The girls started a bit slowly, with inconsistent play and troubles making clean passes, but soon pulled themselves together and tie the Titans 4-4 heading into halftime. In the second half, Olympus went up by two goals and maintained the lead until the final minutes of the game. With just three minutes left, Olympus called a time-out and Hafets used the opportunity to rally the girls. She reminded them of their game against Alta where they scored four goals in two minutes. The speech fired up the team and they quickly tied it up, forcing an overtime period. Hafets said the biggest factor in the second half was Park City’s ability to win draw controls and keep possession of the ball.
"It made a big difference," she said.
In overtime, Park City’s Alison Kelly was able to score while the Miners were playing on their side of the field. When it switched to Olympus’ side, Park City was able to play keep away to keep the ball out of the net.
After the game, Hafets praised the play of goalkeeper Dacia Morgan, who had nine saves in the game. She also applauded Stefani Player, Hailey Brook and Traci Shurtleff for their defensive play. On the other end, senior Kasi Lemons lit up the scoreboard with an impressive seven goals. Lemons will take her skills to Division I St. Mary’s in California next year
"She’s an excellent player," Hafets said. "She’s got great field sense."
The Miners will have another hard test against Orem on Friday at 5 p.m. in an away game. Park City will need to beat Orem to get a No. 2 seeding heading into the playoffs. Although Hafets was happy with the Olympus win, she says the girls will need to focus even more to go far in the playoffs.
"I have high expectations," Hafets said. "They are playing great, but they have tremendous potential and talent."
She says that the next few weeks, the team will work on playing more consistently and fine tuning their skills. With seven seniors, Hafets said that this might be Park City’s best chance at a state title.
"They know it. They want it. They have the desire," she said. "They have it in the back of their minds that they can make it happen."
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