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Miners win matches

Adia Waldburger, of the Record staff
Miners goalie Cassie Palmacci makes a save.
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As the Park City girls soccer team winds their way through Region 10 competition, they are leaving many teams in their wake. The newest casualties came this week as the team beat Uintah 7-1 on Tuesday and Morgan 6-0 on Thursday.

But Miners head coach Matt Evans says that the easier competition is not always a bad thing.

"I think the key for us is staying focused on what we want to do," Evans said.

In such match-ups, Evans emphasizes maintaining possession and working on passing. He says just because the team is winning by a wide margin is no reason to stop playing well, especially with stronger competition looming on the horizon against Judge and playoff competition.

This week also allowed Evans to give all of his players a chance to play. In the Morgan match-up, Reed scored two goals, and the remaining four points were made by various members of the team. Zoe Van Gorder and Hanna Terry scored two goals in the first half. the end of the second, even defenders like Penny Moffett, and Rachael Pack had a chance to contribute with a goal apiece.

"It was awesome to see them get a chance," Evans said. "It goes like that when things open up."

Morgan did give the Miners a taste of tight defense in the first half. Evans hopes that teams like that help toughen up the girls for more difficult, defense-oriented teams that the Miners are sure to see in post-season play.

"We’ve got to be tough," Evans said. "We’re gonna play tough teams."

The Miners next big test will come as soon as next week, when they make the trek to visit their perennial rivals, the Judge Bulldogs, on Tuesday. Evans says that he expects the Miners to win, but knows they have a battle ahead of them.

"If we come out to play, we should come out with the win. I know the girls are hungry."

In fact, as a first-year head coach, Evans says he has been looking forward to the marquee match-up — finally playing and hopefully emerging with the win.

The Bulldogs are fresh off of a 16-0 drubbing on Union this weekend. Evans is expecting them to come to Tuesday’s game with a well-planned strategy. Last year, the Bulldog’s displayed a purely defensive, reactive game to try and combat Park City’s strong front line. The Miners continue to be a scoring machine, so Evans says he is preparing them for another defensive tactic.

"I can imagine them doing that again, so we can’t get frustrated and we have to keep moving the ball," Evans said.

The Park City-Judge matchup will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at in Salt Lake.


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