Soccer team avenges loss against Judge
The soccer game on Wednesday between the Park City Miners and the Judge Bulldogs featured a plotline that in some ways resembled that of the teams’ previous meeting. The result, however, was entirely different.
Just as they did two weeks before, the Miners controlled the game, monopolized possession of the ball and out shot the Bulldogs by a wide margin. The last game Park City lost due to a combination of missed chances, and a late goal by Judge, this time the Miners were not willing to allow the Bulldogs to steal a victory and won the game 2-0.
Park City dominated from the beginning and Judge once again packed it in on defense to counter the Miners’ high-powered attack. The Miners responded with patience and skill, linking passes together, both forward and back, with ease and exploiting what holes in the defense they could find. It did not take long before the strategy produced a goal.
Early in the game, Ryan Williams launched an excellent pass over the top of the defense from behind midfield. Steven Hart did him one better by running onto the ball with tremendous speed and putting it in the net with a half-volley from just outside of the 18-yard box. It soared past the outstretched arms of the oncoming Judge goalkeeper.
Hart, the team’s leading goal scorer, played a part in the team’s second goal as well.
He redirected a pass that was headed out of bounds along the end-line with a skillful volley into the middle of the box, which led to a powerful header by freshman Tommy Martin for a goal. Martin has been playing extended varsity minutes of late because of injuries to key players.
Following the Miners’ second goal, the game dissolved into something of a showcase of individual talents rather than one of team play. Park City was still dominant, holding possession of the ball the vast majority of the rest of the game and creating numerous solid scoring chances, but did not score again. Park City also survived yellow cards to Reid Baker and Roberto Linck, two of the team’s premiere players.
The sturdy Miners’ defense, anchored by senior captain Austin Blais, did an excellent job all game. Blais and company did not permit Judge many chances at the goal, and, for the most part, facilitated their own offense by winning the ball, controlling it calmly and confidently and moving it competently to where it needed to be.
The junior varsity team was victorious against Judge as well, by a margin of 3-0. Freshman Austin Stevens scored all three goals.
Park City’s next game is at home against Wasatch on April 21 at 3:30. The Miners beat the Wasps 1-0 in the teams’ first game against this season.
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