Miners move on with overtime win
On Thursday, Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team defeated Juan Diego 9-8 in a second-round playoff game.
Stef Player scored the winning goal in overtime, completing what was an impressive showing by the Miners, whose season came within one minute of ending in regulation.
From the outset, it was apparent that the Miners, who had gone undefeated in division play and earned a first-round bye, sensed the urgent nature of the game.
And it’s a good thing they did, because the game was close from the beginning. Juan Diego struck first, but Park City’s Hailey Brook responded with a goal just minutes later. This was the first of three first-half goals for Brook, who gave Park City a 5-3 lead heading into the half. Clara Kilbourn and Meredith Burrus scored as well.
In the second half, Juan Diego came out firing and quickly scored two goals to tie the game. Burrus scored again to give Park City a 6-5 lead, but shortly thereafter she was given a yellow card, and the team struggled while she was out. Juan Diego quickly scored two goals to take a 7-6 lead into the final minutes. Park City’s chances looked bleak as time dwindled, but in the final minute, Ali Tingey tied the game.
In overtime, the Miners, "Just knew that it was now or never," that, "it was everything on the line," said Miners assistant coach Amy Hafets.
Early in overtime, Burrus broke the tie with her third goal of the game. Player scored just minutes later to give Park City some breathing room. Juan Diego scored once more, but the Miners were able to hold on, thanks in part to solid play from goalkeeper Alexis Brown, who made numerous crucial saves.
Coach Lori Halls was ecstatic about the comeback.
"They did an unbelievable job," Halls said. ‘I am so proud of my girls."
Hafets was also very pleased with the effort and said, "They just played with so much heart." Although they know that the competition will only get tougher, both coaches are optimistic about the team’s chances, and, according to Hafets, the players are as well; "I think honestly the girls are just riding high on confidence."
Park City will host Murray on Monday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. The Miners will be looking for redemption in this rematch of a preseason game where Murray buried the Miners 9-2.
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