Miners soccer makes scoring statement
The Park City High School boys’ soccer team is rounding into form at the perfect time. On April 26, with the state playoffs fast approaching, the Miners put together one of their most dominant efforts of the season, and in the process, subjected the Uintah Utes to an extremely long game and, more than likely, an even longer bus ride.
Park City got off to a quick start and never looked back, leaving Uintah in the dust with an array of early goals, near goals and a general domination of play. The Miners extended their lead to a more than comfortable margin of 6-0 by halftime and added two more goals in the second half to finish with their highest scoring game and biggest margin of victory of the entire season.
Very little time passed in the first half before Nick Gunderson put Park City on the board. Ryan Williams sent a cross from the left wing to the far post, where Gunderson pounced for a forceful header. Several minutes later Reid Baker received a pass from Roberto Linck, dribbled past a Uintah defender and slotted the ball into the lower corner of the goal. The goals kept right on coming. Later in the half, Linck got the ball to Shea Curran with a back heel and Curran drove the ball low to the ground into the net. Linck and Stephen Hart scored the final two goals of the half, with Hart assisting on Linck’s goal.
In the second half, the Miners were unable to sustain the sensational scoring pace that had given them such a commanding lead, but still dominated the game. After the team missed numerous opportunities early in the half, Hart pushed the lead to 7-0, putting the ball in the goal after Linck was able to blow by multiple Ute defenders and pass the ball across the mouth of the goal. Just a few short minutes later, Hart dribbled in from the corner and set up Curran for the final goal of the game. In the concluding stages of the game, the Miners’ lineup consisted almost entirely of junior varsity players, the vast majority of whom are either freshmen or sophomores.
Uintah may not be among Park City’s more formidable opponents, but one still has to be pleased with the way that the Miners are playing at present. With such a talented roster, it was never any secret that this team had the potential to be truly special; it’s nice to see that potential fulfilled. The team always has had gifted playmakers, but with each and every passing game, players like Hart and Linck have improved as scorers to the extent that this team is now a downright nightmare for any team in the state not only in 3-A especially given the fact that it also has a more than solid defense.
The junior varsity team won its game 3-0. Tom Gold scored a goal within the first five minutes of the game and Austin Stevens scored twice to ensure the win.
Park City’s final tune-up before the playoffs is on Friday, April 28 against Union at the Quinn’s Junction field, and another rout is certainly a possibility.
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