Miners find seventh heaven
Anthony Alcox didn’t start in Park City’s first-round playoff matchup against visiting Richfield Thursday.
But he certainly finished.
Alcox, a senior, entered the match 20 minutes into the first half and proceeded to bury four goals and the Wildcats in the process, in Park City’s 7-0 win Thursday afternoon at Dozier Field.
"Anthony is very special," said Miners’ head coach Caro Caro. "Obviously, he’s a very talented individual. He wants to put the team on his shoulders."
Alcox tallied one goal in the first half as Park City went up 2-0 at halftime and scored two more goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half before adding another late. In 16 matches this season, Alcox has scored 16 goals.
Junior forward Keenan McCall finished with two goals, while fellow junior Matt Stevens rounded out Park City’s scoring.
"What I’m very pleased with is not the number of goals we scored, it’s the way we scored those goals," Caro said. "It was a complete team effort."
Things are starting to click for the Miners offensively.
Park City has scored 18 goals in its last three matches and, as the staple of Caro’s offensive attack a deep midfield has reached full strength, he is ready to sit back and enjoy the show.
"We have a very good midfield now," he said. "I have all the players I was counting on from the beginning of the season. Now that we are in the playoffs, it’s so refreshing to have my team."
In particular, junior midfielder Alejandro Viera, who has missed a significant portion of the season due to a lingering hip pointer suffered in the season opener against Judge Memorial, controlled the flow of the match Thursday afternoon, according to Caro.
"It was so refreshing to see him play the entire game," he said. "I took him out to check on him and he told me, ‘You’re taking me out of my rhythm.’"
Caro also singled out senior Mitch VonPuttkamer, who helped control the ball and keep the Wildcats on their toes throughout the match.
As the Miners improved to 11-4-1 this season, the road gets steeper from here on.
Park City will be down south today to take on 15-0-1 Desert Hills in St. George.
Caro, who already has a few state titles to his name, isn’t shying away from facing an undefeated team on its turf this late in the season.
"I feel like they haven’t been tested yet. That’s my feeling," he said. "I’m going to be confident again and say we’re going to come out with a ‘W’."
Caro said he’s spent a few hours watching some of the Thunder’s matches on a live online stream and is impressed with their size and aggressiveness. But he knows the team can be beaten and thinks his team will be the one to etch a number one in the loss column for Desert Hills.
"I kind of think the media is putting Desert Hills on a pedestal," he said. "Where will they put us if we win? The scary thing about my team is that they can get even better.
"I’m not a magician. but I can read my players. They’re ready."
Park City and Desert Hills will kickoff the 3A quarterfinal today at 1 p.m.
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