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Park City rolling in Region 10 play

The Park City High School girls’ soccer team’s preseason losses seem pretty far away right about now. With solid wins against Judge Memorial, Juan Diego Catholic High School and Wasatch this week, the team seems to be on track for another successful season.

On Saturday, the Miners met up with a tough non-region Juan Diego squad, but were able to establish their possession-style game early and scored two goals in the first half. The Soaring Eagle answered back with a goal in the second half, but it was too little, too late as Park City rolled to the 3-1 win.

"It was a great game," said Park City head coach Chip Cook. "They were a good solid team We played extremely well and controlled the pace of the game."

It was more of the same on Tuesday as the Miners returned to Region 10 play, hosting Wasatch at the North 40 fields. Playing against a relatively young Wasp team that was minus some of its few experienced players, the Miners scored early and often with four goals in the first half and one in the second, shutting out the Wasps in the process.

"We had a good game," Cook said. "We’ve just been doing a good job of maintaining possession.

Four different Miners were able to score in the Wasatch game, including Hanna Terry with two, and Lindsi Lisonbee, Lauren Reich and Margaret Vallejo with one apiece.

"They took the shots and scored," Cook said. "It’s just one of those things where we were able to convert the opportunities into actual goals."

Cook said that, in the last few games, she has seen the team put all the pieces together to play a complete game. In fact, she was hard pressed to pick out any one individual for her outstanding play, instead choosing to praise the Miners for a total team effort.

Many of the members have shifted positions in recent weeks and Cook felt that they were finally getting comfortable in their new roles. The most noticeable change is Parade All-American defender Lindsi Lisonbee playing on offense at the forward position. Alongside Hanna Terry, the girls offer a one-two punch that will be hard for opposing defenses to stop.

"They’re working well together up there," Cook said. "Lindsi is so great at controlling the ball and creating opportunities and Hanna is great at finishing off opportunities. It’s a great match."

Cook said that Lia Margolis and Zoe VanGorder are such competent defenders that she felt comfortable bringing the talented Lisonbee over to the offensive side of the ball.

"They do a great job shoring up the middle," she said. "They have great speed and great defense."

Now that the team has solidified and is on a win streak, the future is looking bright for Park City, but there are still challenges ahead in the regular-season schedule. The team has yet to see the usually-strong Waterford Ravens and Uintah Utes, who have thrown teams curve balls in past years. They will also have to play all the others teams again before the regular season ends.

"We have a tough region," Cook said. "The second time is always a little different. I’m really excited with how the girls are playing as a team together. It’s up to us to maintain the level of play and stay strong."

That means continuing their pressure-style defense and possession-style offense. Cook said if they can do that, they can play with anyone.

"They definitely don’t take any team lightly and they are a competent team with lots of experience," Cook said.

The Miners will face their next challenge when they take on the Waterford Ravens on the road Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.


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