PCHS boys’ soccer: Miners steamroll Cedar in season opener
March 2, 2012
The Park City High School boys’ soccer team ducked out of town just in time to avoid this week’s wintry blast and, in its first game of the 2012 season, thoroughly enjoyed the warmer southern Utah conditions.
The Miners, under first-year head coach Jesse Blais, won their first game of the season Thursday afternoon, besting the Cedar High School Redmen 4-0 in St. George.
Senior Keenan McCall scored two goals, while Alejandro Viera and Ivan Gonzalez each added one for Park City.
"The team looked OK," Blais said. "In a first game, it’s always nice to put your guys together and see how they start to work together in different positions."
The Miners took a 2-0 lead into halftime. Meanwhile, the Redmen were on the unfortunate end of a goal disallowed by an offside ruling and a shot hitting the post. Park City goalkeeper Dominic Croce was stellar in his first start between the pipes for the Miners, Blais said.
"He did a very nice job," he said. "It was good to see."
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Blais said his two team captains, seniors Joey Goodwin and Michael Capone, were dominant in their defensive roles in Thursday’s win. While starting the season 1-0 is a plus, the first-year head coach said his team does have to improve its chemistry on the pitch.
"It’s about how the guys interact with each other on the field, the timing of their runs, the way they move on defense, the communication on defense, all of it," he said. "I think they all showed that they’re in shape and that they’re passionate about the season."
The Miners faced off against the Desert Hills Thunder Friday night after this edition went to press. This is the same Thunder team that eliminated Park City 4-0 in the first round of the 3A playoffs a year ago. On Saturday, Park City will end its three-game trip to southern Utah with a noon date against the Snow Canyon Warriors in St. George.
Blais said he’s excited the team got off on the right foot and said his first win as a head coach was the cherry on top.
"It means a lot to me," he said. "It gives me a little confidence going forward."