Miners to face Bingham in quarterfinals
For the fourth time this season, the Park City girls’ lacrosse team will face Bingham this time with a little bit more on the line.
The Miners will take on Bingham, which is also the Miners, Friday at 7 p.m. at Olympus High School in the state quarterfinals.
Park City is the No. 3 seed in the North region, while Bingham is the No. 2 seed in the South region.
In two tournaments this season, Park City fell to Bingham, but during the teams’ regular-season matchup, Park City prevailed.
Park City head coach Amy Hafets said she is ready to see what her team can do in a must-win situation.
"Each game has been very close. Bingham is an excellent team to play," she said. "You win and you move on, or you lose and you go home. I’m looking for our girls to play with confidence and play together as a team. We are at our best when we work together on the field. I think it’s going to be essential that they’re aggressive and mentally present for every second of the game.
"It’s going to take 100 percent from every girl on the team."
Park City is still dealing with lingering injury and illness issues. A flu bug has been going through the team the past couple weeks, but Hafets said most of the girls are close to 100 percent again.
Lacrosse is a contact sport and Hafets said injuries and illness are part of the game.
"We’ve had the regular injuries: shin splints, strains, etc.," she said. "It’s a high-mileage sport."
Park City has a significantly smaller program than Bingham, which has a full varsity squad and two junior varsity teams, but Hafets said once the ball hits the turf, that doesn’t matter.
"We rely heavily on the girls that are out there to manage a full 50 minutes of the game," she said.
Should Park City advance, it would face the winner of the game between Olympus and either Riverton or Jordan, which are playing a play-in game. The semifinals are scheduled for next Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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