Park City grounds Soaring Eagle
The mood was festive after the Park City boys’ soccer team shut out the Juan Diego Soaring Eagle to move onto the 3A state semifinals next weekend, but head coach Caro Caro left wanting more.
"I am not happy, actually," Caro said. "I’m still not satisfied with my guys not getting to the ball."
Although his team played well enough to win, Caro felt that the team played nowhere near their potential and is hoping to see more intensity next weekend.
"They play better when they play better teams, Caro said. "When we play teams that aren’t as strong, they tend to relax too much and think they are going to win."
Caro said that he hoped to see his guys getting to the ball faster and putting more goals in the net, but his team still seemed to put up a pretty good fight against Juan Diego, controlling possession for most of the game.
The Miners started the game in a fairly decisive fashion when Tucker Sheppard launched a goal into the net at the six-minute mark.
"The plan was to be aggressive from the get-go," Caro said.
The Soaring Eagle did little to respond and made only one serious attempt at scoring when they took a long-distance shot near the end of the first half that Park City goalie Jacob Sirriani easily stopped.
"They were not a strong team," Caro said. "They didn’t present themselves as a threat to us."
In the second half, Park City continued to control the game as Brian Johnson put the Miners comfortably ahead with a goal in the 48th minute. They also made a few other strong attempts that barely missed or bounced off of the crossbar.
Caro did dole out some praise, highlighting sophomore Scott Carson, who came in during the game at the right fullback position.
"I think he did a wonderful job," Caro said.
Carson said that the coach’s decision to bring him in mid-game gave him a big confidence boost.
It made me play a little harder," Carson said. "It was my best game yet. I couldn’t let the team down."
Carson admitted that the team started to relax and let down a bit in the second half, but thinks his team will step up against the competition next week. He said they learned a lesson in the regular season where they built up a number of wins and then started losing when they began to let down too much and lose their focus.
"We know we can beat anybody, but we can’t go in thinking we will beat them," Carson said.
The Miners will face familiar foe Uintah on Saturday in the semifinals. This is the same Uintah team that Park City lost to early in the season, so Carson said the match-up could be a bit of a double edged sword. On one hand, Park City is very familiar with how the Utes play and know how to break them down, but mentally the early loss still lingers in their minds.
"It’s a bad thing and a good thing," Carson said. "I think it will help that it’s at a neutral site and we know we can beat them."
The Miners will take on the Utes at Timpview High School next Friday at 5 p.m.
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