Miners advance to state finals
Redemption was the name of the game on Tuesday night at Dozier Field.
With a triple overtime loss to the Bingham Miners in last year’s state final still fresh in their minds, the Park City girls’ lacrosse team took the field against Bingham in the state semifinals looking for a better result in this year’s battle of the Miners.
Attacker McKenna Tychsen made sure Park City was in control this time, scoring shortly after the opening draw and finishing the game with four goals in Park City’s 13-5 win.
"I just had my eyes on the prize," she said. "It meant so much to my team. We wanted to beat Bingham so badly."
Midfielder Katy Miele also had a good offensive day, adding three goals of her own.
Park City coach Amy Hafets said she was happy with the chemistry between her two offensive standouts.
"McKenna had an amazing game," she said. "She was finishing her shots and she was just on. She and Katy worked really well together. The two of them played very well off each other."
Just before halftime, with Park City leading 7-2, Bingham was awarded a foul shot just outside the goal circle. It looked like Bingham would gain some momentum heading into the break by scoring an easy goal, but PCHS goalkeeper Ashley Peabody wouldn’t allow it.
The Bingham attacker launched the shot and Peabody scooped it up with her stick as the halftime horn sounded, preserving her team’s five-goal lead.
"Ashley is an absolute rock," Hafets said. "She comes up huge in pressure situations and is just very calm. She was solid for us today."
After Bingham scored two goals to start the second half, Park City went on a run, scoring six straight goals to lock up the game.
Midfielder Alex Miele was very effective on the draws (similar to a faceoff in hockey) for Park City, leading to several attacking opportunities.
"It is absolutely critical to come up with the draw," Hafets said. "Alex did a fantastic job today just dominating the draw. Getting that momentum swing right off the center really helps our attack."
Now the Miners will have another chance for redemption in the state championship game this afternoon.
Park City (26-1) will take on Skyline, the team that handed the Miners their only loss on the season thus far.
Hafets said she wants her team to focus on the same things it did well against Bingham.
"The girls know that it really comes down to that hustle, that energy and those 50-50 balls," she said. "We’ve really got to make sure we finish our shots and capitalize on those offensive opportunities."
She added that Park City will need to continue its strong defensive play as well.
"Our defense has been stout and has been playing well together," she said. "Communication on our defensive end will be critical."
Park City and Skyline will square off at 1:30 p.m. at Copper Hills High School.
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The Miners ended up on the wrong side of a close game on senior night but are still fighting for playoff seeding.