PCHS girls’ soccer: Another day, another win
Sure, their consecutive shut-out streak ended Thursday afternoon against Judge Memorial, but the Park City Miners continued doing what they do best: winning.
The Miners defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 at the North 40 Field to remain undefeated in Region 10 play, winning their eighth-straight match and improving to 12-0-2. The disappointment of ending the shut-out streak, which came in the waning minutes of the match after an impressive Judge free kick, was just a side note to how well Park City continued to play.
After struggling to keep its shape in the first half, Park City dominated the second half, controlling the pace of play. The ball was a magnet attracted to the Miners’ feet and they played some of their most impressive soccer of the year in the final 40 minutes.
Just ask head coach Chip Cook.
"What else do you say? They stepped up and got the job done and are doing what they’re being asked," she said. "Keep it simple, keep attacking and keep possession — that’s great soccer. This is some of the best possession soccer we’ve had all season. It’s fun to watch. It’s fun to be a part of."
The Miners struck first in the 14th minute when sophomore winger Ellie Meyer, who was playing in place of injured starter Maggie Reigelsperger, buried a loose ball in the box to give Park City a 1-0 lead over Judge.
A minute prior to halftime, the Miners would double their lead when junior midfielder Kenzie Bothner received a through ball and sprinted past a Judge defender to finish a one-on-one opportunity with the Judge goalkeeper.
Bothner was a standout in the victory, manning the midfield and distributing many balls to players up front as well as thwarting many Judge offensive opportunities.
"She’s just so quick off the ball and composed on the ball and she has great vision," Cook said. "She’s an amazing player."
Park City’s backline of Alysan Casey, Cheyenne Turner, Taylor Hodgson and Reese Pearson continued to showcase the team’s ability to respond to pressure and weave its way out of trouble. The development of those four players has been a major reason why the Miners have allowed exactly one goal in the last eight matches.
"We’ve been talking about it a lot this season," Cook said, "they’re just organized back there."
Then there’s senior goalkeeper Skye Mooney. The team captain had a phenomenal outing stonewalling Judge in the second half on three point-blank opportunities. While the Bulldogs were able put an end to the shut-out streak, Mooney’s reflex saves were the highlight, according to Cook.
"She made some amazing, amazing saves," she said. "It’s a pretty tall order to stand unscored upon for seven games in a row."
Next up for the Miners is Senior Day Tuesday against rival Wasatch at 3:30 p.m. at the North 40 Field. Park City is one of two remaining undefeated teams in 3A soccer, but Cook reiterated that her team is not comfortable, nor will it be for a while.
"This isn’t an arrogant team at all," she said. "They know that there’s more than we can do. They’re not satisfied yet — I think they’re pleased, but they’re not satisfied just yet because they know it hasn’t even really started yet."
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