Miners squash Ogden in quarterfinals
Special to the Record
During a typical Park City spring afternoon, complete with dropping temperatures and snow flurries, the Miners’ boys’ soccer team beat the Ogden Tigers 2-0 in the first round of championship playoffs at Dozier Field.
The Miners were prepared to play Ben Lomond, a team which they were more evenly matched. Instead they met the Tigers, whose ranking dropped from number 3 in region 11 to number 4 due to their playing with an ineligible player in one of their regular season games.
But facing a stronger team than previously slated didn’t phase the Miners. Instead "They excelled, and rose to the challenge of playing a harder team, as usual," said head coach Caro Caro.
The Miners’ second home game was supported by a surprisingly large number of fans, bundled up to stay warm in the falling April snow.
The players started strong and stayed that way, making numerous shots on goal while protecting their own with strong defense and the skills of their goalie, junior Jacob Sirianni.
"They always manage to give me more, every time I ask for it," said Caro of the team’s intensity.
Ogden proved to be a strong opponent and played aggressively, receiving two yellow cards in the first half, but the Miners’ clean and quick playing skills paid off, and 30 minutes into the game senior Tyler Thomas scored the first goal.
Losing no momentum in the second half, the Miners scored their second goal 10 minutes in, on a stunning shot delivered by junior Austen Stevens. After the post goal Stevens faced the cheering crowd and pulled up his shirt, revealing a gray t-shirt with Matt Knoop’s name and jersey number scrawled across it. The team is still reeling from the death of the former player, who died two weeks ago while serving on his mission in Brazil.
Strong defense by the Miners kept the score at 2-0. The game was a much-needed boost to the teams confidence.
"If we continue to play like this, our team will be very difficult to defeat," said Caro.
Thomas credited the win to the Miners finally playing as a team. "We got back to our old way of playing," said Thomas. "The recent losses we had motivated us and we played as good as we were capable."
The Miners’ next playoff game will be against Juan Diego at Dozier Field on Saturday, May 3, at 1 pm.
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