Miners swat Wasps in opener
Park City’s scoring onslaught continued as they opened Region 10 play by crushing Wasatch 6-1 in Heber City Thursday afternoon.
The win makes Park City’s record 3-1-1, with a 19-1 goal differential in their last three games. Wasatch dropped to 4-2-1 with a 1-1 conference record, with their conference win coming from a 10-0 shellacking of Union.
The Miners scored quickly, tallying their first goal in the fifth minute of play. The back line of Wasatch had a shaky start and Park City capitalized.
Zoe VanGorder got the scoring going for the Miners when she stepped to a mishandled clearance by the Wasps’ sweeper and sent the ball sailing from inside the penalty into the back of the net.
Just over five minutes later, another poor clearance by the Wasatch defense led to a goal by Rachel Ritter. The back needed to play the ball away from the goal with her left foot, but tried to hit with her right and it rolled to Ritter’s feet just outside of the box. Ritter moved it left to the front of the goal and ripped a shot to the upper-corner of the far post, making the score 2-0.
The jitters seemed to be gone for the Wasps’ defense as they tightened play in the latter part of the first half, but they allowed Miners forward Hannah Terry to dribble patiently in the midfield, giving her team time to attack. Terry beat two players and then played a ball through the defense to Elli Reed who finished from the left side.
Minutes before the half ended Wasatch got on the board. After an aggressive tackle earned Park City’s Penny Moffett a yellow card, Tara Gehring placed the ensuing free kick, taken from just outside the box on the left side of the goal, past the one-person wall and over the outreached hands of the Miners’ goalie and into the net.
On the next play, Park City went on the offensive, with Terry, once again, dribbling through the midfield before passing to Alyssa Von Puttkammer on the wing. Von Puttkammer didn’t waste anytime hitting the cross, where Rachel Pack waited to hit it past the out-of-position keeper, but her header went high and wide, leaving the halftime score 3-1.
In the second half, Park City continued to be patient and wait for holes to arise in the Wasatch defense, but they were few and far between. However, the Miners took care of the chances they had.
Terry scored her first goal of the game off a corner kick that swerved into the far-post side-netting, and then tallied her second just moments later when Reed fed her the ball past the defense and into the penalty area where Terry finished to put the Miners up 5-1.
Von Puttkammer scored the final goal of the contest off a cross that came to rest at the top of the 18-yard box just before she got it moving again with a shot that rocketed off her foot to the left corner.
"Every player gets stuff done," head coach Matt Evans said. "The whole team really over-achieved today. I felt they played great. Coming out in the first game of league play against one of the other competitive teams where it’s always a battle last year the game was 1-0 overtime win and everyone came out really hard today and set the tone early on. Well done."
The Miners play next at Uintah on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
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