Miners triumph in Morgan rematch
Just a week and a half ago, the Park City High School Boys soccer team ground out a 2-1 victory against victory against Morgan, but the rematch between the two teams on the Miners’ home-turf was extremely one-sided, with Park City winning 7-1.
Maybe spring break reinvigorated the Miners, maybe they are now accustomed to playing short a few players, or maybe they simply are beginning to put it all together. Whatever the reason, they had much less trouble putting the ball in the back of the net in their 6-0 victory over Morgan than they did in the teams’ last meeting and basically the whole season, for that matter.
Ryan Williams wasted little time in getting Park City on the board. Just minutes into the game he claimed a loose ball at the top of the 18-yard box, maneuvered his way deeper into enemy territory and then struck the ball into the goal with some force. Minutes later, Steven Hart finished off a cross from the left side of the field by Roberto Linck for the Miners’ second goal. Later in the first half, Linck earned another assist on a pass to Reid Baker. Baker capped the Miner’s first-half scoring barrage and gave the team a commanding 4-0 lead by rebounding his own missed penalty kick and passing the ball past the outstretched Morgan goalkeeper who lay on the ground after making a diving save.
Park City may have had the game wrapped up after one half of play, but that did not stop its players from continuing to attack the goal with fierce determination. Early in the second half, Baker and Linck hooked up again, this time with Linck on the receiving end. Baker lofted on an almost perfect ball over the top of the defense and Linck concluded the play by tucking the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal from a difficult angle on the right side of the field, near the rim of the 18 yard box. Later in the half, Linck weaved his way through numerous defenders after receiving a pass from Matt Knoop and shot the ball past the Morgan goalkeeper from the top of the 18 yard box. Hart contributed one more goal to make the 7-1 rout complete, and freshmen and sophomores flooded into the game. The young players did not score any goals, but they received valuable varsity experience, which for many of them is extremely rare on a squad stacked with talented upper classmen.
This was one of the first games all season where Park City was able to dominate offensively the way its talent suggests that it should. In addition to the six goals, the Miners had numerous other first-rate scoring chances that they were unable to put away. Defensively, the Miners dominated as well, perhaps mostly because they were controlling the ball and attacking so much of the time. Morgan did not have a shot on goal the entire game, though it did have a few decent chances that missed the goal.
Park City will have a chance to avenge its fluke 1-0 loss to rival Judge at home on Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30 at the new fields at Quinn’s Junction. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended.
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