Tired Miners still triumph over Wasatch
No one is living for the weekend right now more than the Park City High School girls’ soccer team. The girls are nearing the end of the regular season and injuries and exhaustion are taking a toll. A small respite is much needed.
So, it wasn’t any surprise on Thursday that the girls were tired when they headed down to Heber to face Wasatch.
"I think we were really exhausted and have a lot of injuries," said Park City player Mara Rabin. "It’s been hard to get back into things."
Because of injuries, much of the team was out of position, especially in the middle of the field.
"The center of the field is a bad place to be when you are not accustomed to it," Park City head coach Chip Cook said.
The Wasps came out with a lot of energy and put some pressure on Park City. Both teams also had a fair amount of wind to work against in the first half. With Miners missing and some players in new positions, there was confusion but the Miners still managed to keep control.
Rabin said that working against the Wasps’ scrappy style mixed with the team’s general fatigue was challenging.
"Its hard to play with a team that continually kicks it," Rabin said. "They don’t play our style of play. We’re better against a more settled style."
Scoring wasn’t coming quite as readily for the Miners, who took fewer shots on goal then usual.
"Everything was a struggle," said Park City assistant coach Emily Sutherland.
Still, forward Hanna Terry managed to create her own shot for a goal about 25 minutes into the first half to give the Miners a 1-0 lead, which they held onto for the rest of the game.
"It wasn’t pretty, but we did it," said Cook after the game. "We were a bit fatigued and a bit disorganized. I was happy they held it together."
The last time Park City and Wasatch met, it was a 5-1 win for the Miners, so the Wasps definitely upped the energy factor.
"You gotta give it to them, they came out with passion," Cook said.
On Tuesday, the Miners beat Union on the road 6-1. They will be back in action on Tuesday, Oct. 7 when they travel to Uintah to play the Utes at 3:30 p.m.
The rest this weekend will be very important for the Miners who are in a battle with Waterford for first place in Region 10. The last time the two teams met, on Sept. 23 at Waterford, they finished as dead-even as possible in a tie after double overtime. They meet again this Thursday on their own turf and the team will have to be fully rested and ready to go to grab the win.
"I think we’ll be ready," Rabin said. "That’s the team we’ll be ready for the one we want to beat."
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