Miners dominate second half in 16-6 win
Wednesday night’s girl’s lacrosse game between Park City and Juan Diego felt all too familiar for the Miners.
After struggling to hold a 6-5 lead at halftime, the Miners kicked it into high gear in the second half, outscoring Juan Diego 10-1 to claim a 16-6 victory.
According to Park City coach Amy Hafets, the Miners have made slow starts a habit this season.
"We were just asleep in the first half," she said. "Our struggle right now is playing an entire game."
But with the second-half outburst, the Miners (20-0) were able to keep their undefeated season alive.
"They’re able to turn it on when they need to turn it on," Hafets said. "But we’ve been trying to figure out a way to get them to play the entire game."
All was well on the Park City sideline after a 10-0 run all but assured a Miners’ victory.
"The second half was an entirely different game," Hafets said. "It’s great for them to know that if they get in a hole, they have the ability to come back."
Hafets highlighted the play of goalkeeper Ashley Peabody, who, she said, kept them in the game during the struggles.
"She was very solid and stayed composed," she said.
Ellie Meyer also had a good game on defense and in the midfield, according to the coach.
"She did a great job taking care of the ball and moving it out on transition," she said. "And she picked up several ground balls."
Alex Miele led the way offensively and helped out at center, Hafets added.
"She was pretty dominant on the draw controls," she said. "That was the momentum swing in this game – winning the draw controls and getting the ball down on our attacking end."
Katy Miele scored four goals to lead the Miners. Maddie Haynes scored twice and also led the team with three assists on the evening. Alex Miele (three goals), Hannah Hyatt (two), Marina Mayo (two), McKenna Tychsen (one), Natalie Frost (one) and Haley Adelman (one) also contributed to Park City’s offense.
The Miners were scheduled to play again on Friday against Cache Valley. Hafets said her team needed to make sure it took care of business in its first game against a North Conference opponent.
The Miners play their second Northern Conference game at Brighton on Monday afternoon.
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