Miners fit to be tied vs. Wasps
On Tuesday afternoon, the Miners girls soccer team turned in a 1-1 tie in double overtime against Wasatch, just seven days after doing the same thing at Judge Memorial.
Two ties, one week, but Park City’s head girls soccer coach isn’t worried.
"We created a lot of chances," Matt Evans said.
And the stats back him up. Against the Wasps, the Miners logged 21 shots on goals in 100 minutes, while the Wasps had a paltry four. Evans also figured that Park City had possession of the ball during about a 65-percent of the game. What he is concerned about is something that can be remedied and must happen before the girls head into postseason play.
"We’re not finishing like we did in the early part of the season," Evans said.
The Miners missed a few opportunities because their balls just simply weren’t making it into the back of the net.
Wasatch goalie, Makayle Price, didn’t help the situation, making numerous saves when the ball was on target.
"Give credit to Wasatch’s goalie," Evans said. "She had a lot of good saves."
The Wasps struck first, halfway through the first half, with a ball that went over Park City goalie Cassie Palmacci’s head. The Miners would not answer back until the beginning of the second half, when Elli Reed sent a ball right into the center of the net to tie up the score at 1-1.
The Miners continued their powerful passing game the Wasps tried to stall it with a more defense-heavy style of play, but neither team was able effectively connect with the net again. In overtime, the Miners took better aim at the goal but the fatigue of playing most of the starting lineup for the full game had begun to take its toll and shots did not connect with the goal.
They also lost a key player for most of the game. Sweeper Lindsi Lisonbee, who is also national team member, was tripped and fell on her elbow at the start of the second half. She had to leave the game with a small fracture in her arm. Zoe Van Gorder replaced her with praise from Evans.
"Zoe did fine. Lindsi is definitely a special player, but its good to see that another player can step in," Evans said.
The tie puts the Miners neck-and neck-with Wasatch in the standings and heightens the Miners’ need to win the region.
Although, Evans is starting a more skilled team, he said the Wasps’ desire to work hard and win the game was able to stop the Miners. He says the next few days of practice will be focused on shooting and finishing games.
"We can’t give up goals," Evans said. "We just need that last bit of execution."
They were able to bounce back on Thursday with an easy 8-0 win over Uintah at home.
The Wasatch and Uintah games marked the down slope of Region 10 play, where the Miners will meet all of the teams one last time. The Judge game is looming on the horizon on Thursday and Evans wants to be ready to win that one outright. He will be without the help of Reed and Lisonbee, because of national team duties, but Judge is also missing their key player, Marquel Reddish, who broke her leg in a game against Wasatch.
The Miners will travel to Morgan on Tuesday, Sept. 26 and host Judge in another rivalry game on Thursday, Sept. 28 at Quinn’s Junction. Both games start at 3:30 p.m.
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