Girls stage resounding shutout in first playoff game
The North Sanpete High School Hawks showed up for their 3A first-round soccer playoff game against Park City just 10 minutes before the starting whistle blew and they continued to fall behind from there, losing to the Miners 11-0.
The Miners got on the board in the opening minutes of the game and continued to score easily from there. Forwards Hanna Terry and Lindsi Lisonbee combined for the first four goals in the first half. The Miners had numerous other shots on goal that just missed.
In the second half, almost the entire Park City roster was able to knock one in or record an assist. Terry finished with four goals, Lisonbee had two, Hilary Kahn had two, and Rachael Ritter, Rachael Pack and Kate Dalton all had one goal apiece.
In sharp contrast, the Hawks were not able to get a shot on goal until about five minutes into the second half, and it would be there one and only scoring attempt. Outmatched, the Hawks, who finished in fourth place in Region 8, had trouble handling the relentless Miners, the No.1 ranked team in Region 10, and were no match against their deft ball-handling skills.
Head coach Chip Cook said she is a little concerned that the team might become complacent after such an easy win, but she knows that they will shake this game off quickly and be ready for Saturday.
"I do worry a little bit, but we’ve had enough practice this week," Cook said.
Park City is also used to having quick turnarounds. During region play, they would often play a less skilled team one day and play a difficult squad two days later.
And even with the runaway victory against North Sanpete, the Miners were continually trying to fix mistakes.
"They were still able to play good, solid soccer," Cook said.
The Miners will have had a few days to regroup before a quarterfinal match on Saturday with Morgan. The Miners should have the upper hand, although Cook realizes that games will become more challenging as the team moves deeper into the playoffs.
"Morgan has really improved their soccer over the past few years," Cook said. "We’re just expecting it to be a good game and we’re going to play our game."
Cook said that as long as the Miners are ready for every team, they should be able to go far in the postseason.
"To be the best, you gotta beat the best and hope for luck," Cook said.
The Miners will host Morgan or Cedar Saturday at 1 p.m. at Quinn’s Junction.
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