Rivalry takes a rough turn
It was a cold, wet, rainy Wednesday afternoon that set an ominous tone for the Park City vs. Judge soccer game.
The intense rivalry, known for often bizarre circumstances surrounding many games in the past, had Park City head coach Mike Guetschow heading into the game expecting nothing less.
"You know its going to be weird," Guetschow said. "You just wonder what it’s going to be."
The Miners received the better end of this year’s matchup, winning 2-1, after a double red card resulted in a back-up goalie for the Bulldogs.
In the 29th minute Park City’s Paul Hanley decided to top off a goal by Chase Gordon with what game officials called, "taunting and language," towards Judge’s starting goalie Aaron Rokeach, which earned him an immediate red card.
Rokeach responded by threatening Hanley, which earned him a red card as well. Judge officials claimed a racial slur was also included in Hanley’s taunt, but it was not recorded in the official’s game notes.
"That was a beautiful goal that got overshadowed by what happened afterwards," Guetschow said.
With Judge down a man in the box, the Miners quickly took advantage of the situation with a goal by Tommy Martin in the waning seconds of the first half.
"I pulled out of the box, I cut it back," Martin said. "They had just put in a new goalie. I definitely wanted to test him. He couldn’t have been too warmed up."
In the second half, the Miners remained determined to take advantage of the goalie situation and continued to create opportunities.
"We definitely had the upper hand and tried to play calm and collected and tried to win everything," Martin said.
Unfortunately, the calm only lasted until Martin was handed his own red card for inadvertently high kicking a Judge player while trying to regain control of the ball.
"When Tommy got the red card, he had popped the ball up," explained Guetschow. "I’ve seen it many times. The referee saw it differently and made the call. They never saw the guy. It was a hard call."
The Bulldogs Michael Yeh punched a goal in the net at the end of the game, but the Miners’ defense held on to the victory.
The Judge game was only the first in a week of rivalry games for the Miners who were scheduled to play Wasatch on Friday minus Hanley, Martin and a couple of injured players.
"It’s tough to lose two players in a big rivalry game," Guetschow said.
The Miners will now have a few days to bounce back during Spring Break and will return the field Wednesday April 4, when they travel to take on Uintah at 3:30 p.m.
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