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Miners get region rebound at Morgan

Jay Gold, Record Intern

Following a disappointing loss to Judge in a game filled with missed chances, questionable officiating and an overriding sense of frustration, it was important for the Park City High School boy’s soccer team to come out with a sense of urgency against Morgan and bounce back.

They did just that, coming away with a 2-1 victory in a closely contested game.

"I thought that we came back and rebounded from a disappointing loss against Judge in a pretty positive way," said Coach Mike Guetschow.

Even with key players such as Nick Gunderson, Chase Gordon, Ryan Williams and Harrison Holley unavailable, the team burst out of the gate with great energy. It did not help the team’s cause that it had to play a man down after forward A.J. Gitlin was red carded in the first half, or that defender Matt Knoop had to leave the game at halftime for personal reasons, but it overcame all of the bumps in the road and put on a fairly encouraging display of talent, perseverance and toughness.

The Miners did a much better job of converting their scoring chances against Morgan than they did against Judge, though not all of these conversions counted towards the team’s score. Early in the game, Gitlin put the ball in the net on a nice pass from Reid Baker, but the referees waved it off, saying that he was offside. The boys kept on plugging, however, and just minutes later, Paul Hanley got a cross in from the left wing and Steven Hart finished it off with a goal. Morgan scored its only goal of the game approximately five minutes later by placing a free kick in the bottom right corner, leaving Park City goalkeeper Ryan Lynsky almost powerless to make a save. Baker responded by scoring the winning goal in the second half, and Guetschow remarked, "I think that it was the best game Reid’s played all season."

Guetschow was pleased with the energy and resilience his team displayed, and the way that the freshmen and sophomores responded to playing significant minutes in a tight game for the shorthanded varsity. However, in spite of this and the fact that the team emerged from a tough eight game stretch on the road with a 7-1 record, he feels that the team still has a ways to go before it reaches its potential.

"I don’t think that anyone’s satisfied with the way we’re playing yet."

This team certainly has a great deal of talent, and will most likely get better with time, especially when all of the players are available to play.

Park City’s next game will be a rematch against Morgan on Monday, April 10, and if weather conditions permit it will be the Miners’ first home game of the season.


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