Park City silences Lehi with shutout
For Park City soccer coach Mike Guetschow, there is nothing better than good old-fashioned teamwork.
With a team loaded with talent, he knows that any player can step up at any time, but he is most pleased when they all work together to produce good results, which was the case on Thursday afternoon when they shut out Lehi 4-0.
Scheduled as a rivalry game Lehi, now in 4A — used to be a 3A school that was in Park City’s region, so the Miners always get fired up for the game. This year was no different.
The Miners started out strong with a couple early scoring attempts. Roberto "Betu" Linck was finally able to convert for the first goal 20 minutes into the first half, dribbling past three Lehi defenders and putting a low shot past the keeper. The Miners were able to maintain the 1-0 lead heading into the half.
Early in the second, Linck was able to score again off of a clean pass from Steven Hart. Then the Miners teamwork really shined with a third goal coming off of eight different passes, finishing with a pass from Harrison Holley to Reid Baker to Nick Gunderson, who slotted the shot into the net.
Guetschow was especially pleased with the play of Holley, filling in for starter Ryan Williams, who missed the game due to an emergency appendectomy.
"There’s a lot of talent in this program. If anyone’s slipping or hurt, there are guys ready to get their chance," Guetschow said.
Later in the second, Baker juked a Lehi defender in the box and was brought down, which resulted in a penalty kick. Baker was able to convert for the final goal.
The Miners’ defense was able to notch the shutout on the play of Chase Gordon and Matt Knoop, who effectively controlled the midfield throughout the game. Guetschow said Robby Patrick also helped on the defensive side of the ball playing his best game thus far.
In the second, Austin Blais put considerable pressure on the Lehi offense, which kept them quiet until the very end. With 10 minutes left in the game, a foul against Lehi gave them a penalty kick, which Park City goal-minder Ryan Lynsky stopped on a dive to the left of the net to preserve the shutout.
The junior varsity squad was able to match the production of their varsity counterparts, turning in their 4-0 performance. Goals were scored by Austin Stevens, Tyler Thomas, Adam Laufer and Bryan Johnson. Goalkeeper Jacob Sirianni recorded his second shutout.
The Miners, now 3-1 in preseason play, will travel to take on defending 4A state champion Lone Peak, who moved up to 5A this year, on Saturday, March 18 at 10 p.m. Region play begins the following Monday at Uintah at 3:30 p.m.
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