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Miners start regular season as winners

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff

The Park City Miners soccer team had a multi-level winning weekend.

They started things off on Saturday beating Lone Peak, the 4A defending State champions who recently made the move up to the 5A level this year, with a 4-1 win. Then on Monday, the boys started their Region 10 regular season schedule against fellow 3A school, Uintah, winning 7-2. Levels and state championships seemed to be of little consequence as the Miners rolled to easy victories both days.

On Saturday, Park City finished their preseason schedule with an exclamation point, scoring two goals in the first two minutes and never looking back. In just the fifth minute, Reid Baker was fouled by Lone Peak and received a penalty kick. He was able to kick a cross to Matt Knoop who deflected the ball into the net. Just five minutes later, AJ Gitlin set Steven Hart up with a through ball, which Hart was able to sink into the net on a low, hard shot into the far corner. Hart scored again later in the first half on another penalty kick, which put the Miners up 3-0 at halftime.

In the second, the momentum went back and forth without a score. Finally, with just 15 minutes left in the game, Lone Peak was awarded a penalty kick, which they converted for the score. After that, the Miners’ defense was able to hold on for the remainder of the game.

Park City finished the preseason with a record of 4-1, competing against all larger schools. On Saturday, they were also playing without the services of starters Ryan Williams, Roberto "Betu" Linck and Chase Gordon, who were all out due to injury or sickness. Guetschow praised the younger players for playing well in their absence.

"It gave a good opportunity for some junior varsity players to step up," Guetschow said. "They did so very well."

In the Miners’ first region game on Monday, the boys crushed the Uintah Utes, 7-2. Nick Gunderson turned in a hat trick, and Austin Blais, Hart, and Baker all contributed one goal apiece. Ryan Lynsky was the winning goalkeeper in both contests.

The junior varsity was also successful on Monday with a 2-0 shutout.

The Miners will be in region action again on Wednesday at Union at 3:30 p.m.


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