Miners lose in double OT
If you think you have a demanding schedule, try being a member of the Park City High School girls’ soccer team.
In just two weeks, the Miners have played some of the top teams in the state, including 5A Alta and Brighton, and next week they face their biggest rival, Judge Memorial.
Playing teams this good has brought its share of challenges for the Miners. After an easy win over Juan Diego last Tuesday, the Miners lost to Alta and were shutout by Brighton on Tuesday. The Miners took on Lone Peak on Thursday and narrowly lost in double overtime, 3-2.
In Tuesday’s game, Park City and Brighton held one another scoreless through the first half, but Park City struggled through the second half as the Bengals went on to score two goals.
"We let down and fell apart," said Park City head coach Chip Cook. "We played flat footed. We just went away and they took advantage of it."
After that, Chip issued a challenge to the team to play together as a unit in the Lone Peak game. And, although they loss, the Miners seemed to deliver. They dominated possession of the ball about 70 percent of the time and never let up their intensity, despite playing for nearly two hours.
"They really improved playing together," Cook said Thursday. "I feel proud of how they played today."
Now the Miners just need to start scoring more, but Cook knows that will happen soon.
"The finishing will come," she said. "I’m not concerned about the lack of scoring. I think it’s a matter of time. I think if it continues in the regular season, then it’s a problem."
She said the team will continue to work on creating more scoring opportunities and then taking advantage of them.
In the Lone Peak game, the Falcons came out firing first, scoring in the first minute of the game, knocking the ball in after a Park City defender slipped.
The Miners answered later in the half when Lindsi Lisonbee recorded a goal to tie the score at 1-1.
In the second half, Lone Peak first scored again. Almost halfway through the period, The Falcons kicked a goal from the left side into the back of the net. It looked as if the Falcons would win the game as they held their lead throughout the rest of the half. Then, with just seconds left, Hanna Terry was able to knock the ball in on a putback after receiving a solid assist from Lisonbee to tie the score.
Although preseason games don’t often go into overtime, Cook decided it was a challenge her team could handle.
Neither team scored in the first overtime, forcing a second overtime. It looked like the two teams would remain gridlocked again until Lone Peak managed to get around the swarming Park City defense to knock in the winning goal in the front of the net.
"I thought it was a character builder," said Cook about the overtime decision. "These are the things we have to learn to deal with. It’s important to be tested like that."
Although the losses have been frustrating, Cook has been trying to help the team keep things in perspective.
"I don’t look at these preseason losses as an indicator," Cook said. "They are a tool to improve."
Still, even though the girls know that they are playing some of the best teams in the state, the losses have taken a toll.
"It’s been hard," Cook said. "They’re such a successful group."
The Miners have a chance to bounce back against Judge in a week. They will play the Bulldogs on Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at Sugarhouse Park, because the Judge field is still badly damaged from some construction problems last spring.
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