Miners stage soccer shutout
It looks like the preseason is right on track for the Park City girls soccer team in the post-Islieb era. After experiencing a few early-season jitters in their first two games, the Miners rebounded quickly, shutting out both Skyline and West Jordan this week.
"We knew we had it, and know we’re good," Park City head coach Matt Evans said. "I think now everyone’s got a little more comfortable."
The Miners started out the week in a decisive manner, stunning the Skyline Eagles, 8-0. The girls shot out to an early four-point lead, and used that confidence to carry them through the rest of the contest.
Much of that lopsided score was built on superior play by Park City’s forwards. Hanna Terry contributed four of the Miners’ eight goals, and fellow forward, Zoe Van Goerder, was close behind with two more. Erika Vikander and Becca Sands also made one goal apiece.
"It was really nice that in one of our first games, our forwards were playing really well," Evans said.
But it was more than scoring Evans said that at every position, players were playing hard and doing their assigned jobs.
"Together they played really good soccer," Evans said.
On Thursday, the Miners again made their presence known early and often, beating the West Jordan Jaguars, 5-0. Early in the first half Van Goerder knocked in what Evans called the "perfect shot," off of a Lisa Scaglione assist.
"That goal was the best goal we’ve had," Evans said. "It was textbook."
After that, the highly recruited Elli Reed showed why she is such a hot commodity.
In the 20th minute, Reed made her first of three scores knocking the ball in, right in front of the box. In the 17th minute of the second half, she put the game firmly in the hands of the Miners, converting a penalty kick to put Park City up 3-0. Reed would score once more at the end of the game with a goal sent deep into the back of the net.
"Whenever she gets the ball, she’s a threat," Evans said.
Alex Woodcock also made a late-game shot, making her first goal of the season.
A multi-faceted scoring attack is one the big reasons Evans is confident that this year’s squad will once again make a run at the 3A title.
"It shoes how well rounded we are," Evans said.
Evans also emphasized that one of the big differences with this week’s game was time of possession. At both Skyline and West Jordan, the Miners controlled the ball about three-fourths of the time. He attributed it to the girls’ ability to relax and maintain focus.
"Whenever you’ve had the ball that long, only good things will happen," Evans said.
Park City is hoping that more good things will happen as they prepare to start league play with a game scheduled against Wasatch on Aug. 31. As one of the other schools at the top of Region 10, the Wasatch game is one that Evans wants to win to set the tone early for the rest of region play.
"We’ve got to come out really hard," Evans said.
The Miners will face the Wasps on Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. The game location has yet to be determined.
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