PCHS girls’ soccer: Unbeaten streak runs to eight for Miners
If you looked at the faces of the Miners following their match against visiting Uintah Thursday afternoon, you might have thought they were upset by the underdogs from eastern Utah.
However, the Park City High School girls’ soccer team had just defeated the Utes 1-0 at the North 40 Field to remain unbeaten so far in 2012. Through eight matches, the Miners are 6-0-2 and are off to a 2-0 start in Region 10 play.
"They weren’t pleased with the final score," said Park City head coach Chip Cook. "We can take some good things away from this. It’s nice to have those adversity-filled games and still hold strong. We’ll take it."
The visiting Utes played a strong first half against the Miners, quelling the high-octane Park City offense with stellar and timely defending. While the Miners tested the Uintah backline early and often, the Utes held strong.
It wasn’t until the 44th minute that Park City burst through. Junior winger Maggie Reigelsperger sent a patented powerful cross into the box where junior forward Jessica Dancy was able to dummy the ball through her legs and senior captain Rachael Papez powered the ball into the back of the net.
Park City continued to knock on the Uintah door, but couldn’t find another tally.
"They’ve always been a difficult opponent for us," Cook said of the Utes. "It’s never an easy game. They’re not afraid. They’re a good, solid team. I think we controlled the better part of possession and we definitely had more scoring opportunities — we outshot them 23 to 8 — but if you don’t put them in the net, it doesn’t matter how many shots you get."
Senior goalkeeper Skye Mooney recorded her second consecutive Region 10 shutout following the Miners’ shutout of Union last week in Park City.
Following the win, Cook and the coaching staff encouraged their players to not hang their heads, but to understand that sometimes you must win ugly.
"Don’t be disappointed," she said, describing the message. "We won the game and, sometimes, it’s not pretty. Soccer is a brutal game in that regard: it’s not always the best team that wins or the best team that converts and scores goals.
"Of course, would we like to win every game handily? Yes. We had opportunities and didn’t convert. (Uintah’s) goalkeeper played well and they were physical with us."
The region schedule gets more difficult next week as the Miners are slated to hit the road at Judge Memorial (2-5-1) on Tuesday in Salt Lake City and at Wasatch (5-1-1) on Thursday in Heber.
"It’s great to win and it’s great to position ourselves where we can contend for the state title," Cook said, "but if you win every game and you don’t win state then it doesn’t matter. It’s nice to have a tough game. You can’t lose confidence over tough games."
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