Miners bounce back
March 18, 2011
Park City head coach Caro Caro demands much from his players in all phases of the game of soccer.
After enduring a 0-2 start to their 2011 season, the Miners have rattled off two straight wins, outscoring their opponents 9-1. After losing to Pine View 1-0 last Friday in St. George, Park City bounced back to lay a thrashing on the Canyon View Falcons Saturday afternoon in Cedar City, winning 5-0.
The Miners then bounced Morgan 4-1 Wednesday afternoon in a match that featured a torrential downpour.
Caro said his team is "finally thinking." And after experimenting with a slew of different lineups so far this preseason, he believes in the right position to finish out the final two preseason matches with emphasis.
"The last two games were an eye opener off the bench," said Caro of his team’s depth and versatility. "I wanted to see how aggressive the team on the bench is in game situations. I am very pleased."
In addition to the wealth of talent on his roster, he has senior leaders to rely on, which he is thankful for. One of Park City’s three team captains, senior forward Anthony Alcox, has four goals in the last three matches. Forward Bryan Park, another senior team captain, already has notched another two goals.
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"I’m at ease now," Caro said, laughing, when speaking of the scoring outburst from his senior captains.
He went on to say that while this may be one of his most talented teams in his four years at Park City, it is tough trying to mold specific players and their skills to a set style of play.
"That’s one of the hard parts of being a coach," he said.
Caro has always encouraged a fast-paced, simple style of play that involves quick passes that generally don’t include more than two touches of the ball.
He added that, in Park City’s last two preseason games yesterday against Waterford and Monday against Juan Diego the goal is to stiffen up defensively and start aiming for shutouts.
"That’s the test," he said.
Caro’s continual message of style and togetherness on the pitch is measured in terms of more than just goals scored.
"A 1-0 win is the same as a 10-0 win," he said. "You still get three points. It’s still a win."
Caro wants his team to break the mold of typical high school soccer players who have a tendency to get frustrated easily and drift away from the team’s plan of attack.
"I have been working to break that stereotype," he said. "They’re all naturally talented guys."
Following Wednesday’s win over Morgan, a game in which Caro inserted his junior varsity defense due to the heavy rain, Park City’s head coach feels that he is beginning to get a sense of what his lineup will look like come next Wednesday in Park City’s Region 10 opener at American Leadership Academy.
"Now I’m going to play the team that can go all the way to win a state title," he said.
The Miners’ focus is to wrap up the preseason on a high note before heading into region play. They will face one of the better teams in 3A this season, rival Wasatch, 3-1 on the season, for the first time on March 30 in Heber City.
"We have the weapons to beat Wasatch; now are we going to be able to defend Wasatch?" Caro asked.
He knows his team can score with the best in 3A, but is ready to see his defense step up and be the backline he believes it can be.
"If we’re going to be contenders and be thinking of Rio Tinto Stadium, we have to be good defensively," he said.