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Miners fend off Bulldogs in second half

David Hampshire, The Park Record

The Park City High School boys’ soccer team scored twice in the first half then held off a second-half rally by the Judge Bulldogs to win 2-1 Friday at Judge.

"I was definitely happy that we got two goals in the first half," said Park City head coach Jess Blais. "The second half was a different story."

The win gives the Miners a 2-0 record in region play, 5-1 overall.

Junior midfielder Conner Ray sparked the Park City offense, scoring one goal and sending a through ball that senior forward Keenan McCall converted for the other goal.

"Conner did a great job getting into position with his body and giving himself some space" to score the opening goal, Blais said.

Led by senior Austin Williamson at center defense, the Miners managed to withstand Judge’s second-half pressure, holding the Bulldogs to a single goal. "The defense played really well," Blais said. "I thought our center midfield did a good job."

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Freshman goaltender Domonic Croce didn’t need to make too many on-goal saves, he said, but had to come out to meet the ball on a number of occasions. "There were a lot of through balls and crosses that they (the Bulldogs) put in on us."

Judge is one of several Region 10 schools with strong boys’ soccer traditions. (Two of the others, Wasatch and Juan Diego, met for the state championship a year ago.)

"It was a good game," Blais said. "It was good for my guys to play a passionate school like that."

Next up for the Miners is a trip to the Wasatch Front Thursday to play 4A Bountiful.

"Thursday will be a good test for the guys to see if they’re ready to play at the next level," Blais said.