Miners beat the Beetdiggers in big win
To say that a win over Jordan in girls lacrosse is epic is an understatement.
So when the Miners beat the Beetdiggers 10-9 in overtime on Monday night, the celebration was no less than epic.
"This is such a phenomenal feeling," said Park City head coach Amy Hafets. "This is a huge victory."
Park City has experienced Jordan’s might before.. After losing to them last year in the playoffs and in the preseason Best of the West Tournament in Las Vegas, Nev., they knew what they were up against and were ready for the challenge. Hafets said the girls believed they could compete with Jordan even before the opening whistle.
"Jordan has been the state champion for the last three years. They are a perennial powerhouse," Hafets said. "The girls went into this game believing."
The Beetdiggers’ scoring machine Katie Christensen started off with a goal just two minutes into the game. Park City quickly answered back with a goal to the left-hand side of the net by Clara Jane Kilbourn.
"I got a good midfield transition and I ran in there," Kilbourn said.
Christensen went on to score four more first-half goals for the Beetdiggers, giving Jordan a 6-4 lead at the half.
Hafets said at half, the girls all agreed that they could still win it. Part of the plan was turning up the speed and intensity and the other part was shutting down Christensen. Hafets said they put Ashley Reynolds on Jordan’s biggest weapon and face-guarded her for the rest of the game. The two goals that Christensen got past Reynolds came when Reynolds had fallen.
"I think she was getting into her head," Hafets said.
In the second half, Park City fought back with four different girls getting in on the scoring attack. Hafets said that the team has been working on passing, getting the ball upfield and stick skills all of which paid off in the Jordan matchup. On defense, the Miners launched an overall team attack doubling on ground balls and slowed the Beetdiggers from getting out in transition.
In order to get around the tight play of Jordan’s goalie, Hafets said the team had to shoot hard. Kilbourn said that when she went in to shoot, she had to put a lot of force behind her shot.
"We had to figure out where she was struggling," Hafets said. "You had to shoot hard and take a shot with merit."
The Miners were able to recover and finished the game tied 8-8 in regulation. In overtime, Jordan scored first, but the Miners earned two eight-meter shots in a row. Kilbourn converted on the first one and Baylee Fox followed up with the second. Hafets said the team had been practicing penalty shots all week, so it was serendipitous that the Miners would win that way.
"You get the call if you go in hard and look like you going to shoot," Hafets said. "You have to challenge the goal. It’s incredible, the fact that that was the deciding factor."
Kilbourn led the team in scoring with three goals and used her quickness and intensity to combat the sure-footed Beetdiggers.
"Clara Jane is incredibly athletic and intense," Hafets said.
"She has wheels like no other," agreed Park City assistant coach Lisa Peck.
The girl will have to continue to keep they intensity with one regular season game left on Thursday before preparingfor the playoffs. Kilbourn says that if the team continues to work together and believe in each other the postseason should be no problem.
"We came knowing we’ve grown as a team and individually," Kilbourn said. "Coming into this game, we knew if we gave it all we had, we could win."
The Miners will host Skyline this Thursday at 5 p.m.
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