Soccer team earns ticket to semifinals
City soccer player Hanna Terry has scored four goals in a game before, but never in a game like the one in Saturday when the Miners shutout the Morgan Trojans 5-0 in the state 3A soccer playoffs at Dozier Field.
When asked, Terry can rattle off the four-packs she had against various opponents – the game just last week against North Sanpete and the one against Uintah, but those were all in games where Park City was blowing its opponent out of the water. Sure, a shutout of Morgan is not exactly like playing 5A Alta, but they are definitely an aggressive and athletic team that gave Terry more of a challenge.
"We’ve been mentally preparing for Morgan," Terry said. "Morgan is athletic. We wanted to match them."
Terry said she always plans to score a lot of goals, but four is special.
"I’m such a competitive person and but if there’s an open net "
The first goal came early in the first half on an assist from Lindsi Lisonbee seven minutes and seven seconds into the game, then again about in the 21st minute as she powered through three defenders to kick it in right in front of the net. Terry said that the Trojans’ defensive style gave her an advantage.
"They play very flat in the back," Terry said. "When defenders play flat, it’s easy to get the ball in," Terry said.
The other two goals came in the second half before Terry was finally able to sit down and take a break from all of that action.
Terry’s four goals were made even sweeter by the attendance of a certain fan. Her grandfather, who lives in Sweden, scheduled a trip specifically for these two weeks so he could watch his granddaughter play her final high school soccer games.
"He’s only seen me play once or twice. Just to know that a part of me is playing for him is amazing," said Terry with a huge smile on her face.
Rachael Ritter contributed the other goal by converting on a penalty kick with 11 minutes left in the first half.
On the other side of the ball, the Park City defense effectively kept Morgan silent. Once the Trojans had been shut down a few teams they seemed to take less and less scoring chances.
"Our defense was angry," Terry said. "They knew how to clear it out and pass it out."
Playing on Dozier Field turf gave the Miners a preview of next weekend, when they will be playing on a similar surface at Alta High School. Park City head coach Chip Cook said that the fast, smooth surface that turf provides should benefit the highly-skilled Miners.
"The more we have a chance to play on a turf field, it’s that much more preparation," Cook said.
The turf allows the Miners to make clean passes and dominate using their speed.
"We are such a great passing team and there are no blemishes on the field," Terry said.
"I think that we play at such a high speed, that the faster the field, the better for us," Cook added.
The Miners will face Juan Diego in their semi-final game on Friday afternoon in a game that should be challenging. The Miners beat the Soaring Eagle 3-1 in the preseason, but this could still be a fight for the Miners.
"They are a good team and we have a week off," Terry said.
Cook said that although the Miners kept Morgan from scoring, they still played with a lot of jitters in the first game. She said against Juan Diego they will have to be calm from the beginning. She also said that if Park City can continue to play its style of soccer and clean up some of the mistakes they made against Morgan, it should be prepared for Friday and Saturday as well, if they are to make it to the championship game.
Still, this is the last game for a bulk of the starting players, so the Miners are focused on winning the state title this year.
"They’ve been through a lot of tough games," Cook said. "They don’t take anything for granted."
The Miners will play at the Alta High School football field Friday at 1 p.m. If they win that game, the 3A championship match will be held at the same field at noon on Saturday.
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