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Miners’ soccer can’t catch Rabbits

In a rare occurrence, the Park City High School boys’ soccer team will have a little more time to hit the books for finals this year.

For only the second time in the last 18 years, the Park City High School boys’ soccer team will stay home for the Class 3A state semifinals after a 3-1 loss at unbeaten Delta booted them from the tournament Saturday.

"People say to me, ‘What happened this year?" said PCHS head coach Caro Caro, who led the team to the last two state championships before seeing almost his entire starting lineup graduate. "What happened this year is we’re getting ready for next year. This is the beginning."

Delta scored twice in the first six minutes, taking advantage of high-bouncing balls that eluded senior goalkeeper Ben Hess, then added another just before the half. The Miners controlled the game in the second half, but they couldn’t catch up.

"I’m still shocked," Caro said in a phone interview on Monday. "It was a very small, uneven field, and we were shocked by that. Every time you had a goal kick, the other keeper would get it. The guys worked very hard, but the other team had the confidence."

Junior forward Anthony Alcox was able to score after the restart, but he received a red card and was sent off shortly thereafter. Meanwhile, top striker and fellow junior Brian Park went to the hospital with a cracked rib – leaving the Miners to wonder what might have been on the long ride home.

"It was a horrible day," Caro said. "I can not even begin to tell you how quiet the trip was. They wanted it so bad. I feel for them."

The Rabbits will face Judge at 1:45 p.m. on Friday at Jordan High School.

Park City came a long way since it began the season 2-5 and rattled off eight straight wins to tie for the conference title with Wasatch. Caro said he wishes he could have played the departing seniors more in the finale to honor their commitment to the program, but he has a stable of talented underclassmen that he just couldn’t remove from such a competitive game. Otherwise, he said, he has no regrets about this year.

"This was a new team," he said. "I want to express my gratitude to them for how hard they worked for such a demanding coach. I really admire them for developing so quick."

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