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Miners rally past ALA

Matthew Piper, OF THE RECORD STAFF

The Park City High School soccer team overcame a 1-0 deficit with three goals in the final 50 minutes to beat the American Leadership Academy 3-1 at Dozier Field late on Monday afternoon.

"I wasn’t very happy with the overall performance," said Park City head coach Caro Caro, wondering if perhaps his players’ minds were still on Spring Break. "We missed many opportunities to score in the first half."

Junior Anthony Alcox evened the score with about five minutes left to play in the first period, Caro said. A pass from junior Sam Williams sprung Alcox for a breakaway, and he finished with a lob over the keeper’s head.

Senior Riley McCall made it 2-1 shortly after the start of the second, again getting free on a breakaway and snatching his own rebound to finish near post from the left side.

The third goal from senior Michael Turner was another of the clean-up variety, this one gathered and slotted into the lower right corner.

Caro said the play of senior goalkeeper Ben Hess has been instrumental in the Miners’ strong regional performance, and it was no different Monday.

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"He’s been one of the most consistent players for us this season," Caro said. "Unlike other players on the field, the goalkeeper does not have the luxury of making mistakes."

Hess was second string the last two seasons while the Miners won a state title and finished as runners-up to Ogden, and he has brought that experience watching from the sidelines onto the field, Caro said. With his steady leadership from the goalmouth, Park City has been extremely stingy since a Region 10-opening loss to Wasatch.

"He’s not all that flashy, but he is there when we need him to be," he said. Caro said Hess will wear the captain’s armband for the upcoing home game against Union on Friday.

Senior Parker Evans also made a consistent impact from the right side, Caro said.

The PCHS head coach received an award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Monday evening. He was named Utah’s boys’ coach of the year for small schools in 2009.

"This is an absolutely wonderful honor," he said.