Miners girls lacrosse finishes season undefeated, Park City boys soccer advances in playoffs
Park City girls lacrosse
The Park City High School girls varsity lacrosse team finished its season undefeated on Tuesday, April 30, when it defeated Jordan 10-1 at Dozier Field. The Miners enter the postseason as the No. 1 team in the state.
Coach Zach Sadoff said he was excited for his team to enter the post season in a strong position again, after having taken the title for the past four years.
“They’ve put in the work,” he said. “It’s nice to win every game in the regular season, but its definitely not a necessity of having a successful season and winning a championship.”
Last season the team lost only one game on its road to the title.
“Hopefully we don’t let any complacency come in,” Sadoff said. “But the girls are aware of the target on their back; they know.”
The Miners have a first round bye in the playoffs, and will play the second round of the playoff on Friday, May 10 at Dozier Field. Time and opponent to be decided.
Park City High School boys soccer
The Park City High School boys varsity soccer team advanced to the second round of the state 4A playoffs after defeating Cedar High School 5-1 on Wednesday at Dozier Field.
The Miners had taken the Region 11 title on Monday after defeating Ben Lomond 1-0 at home. Region 9 Cedar had slipped into the playoffs as a No. 4 seed, but coach Tom Merchant said his team took nothing for granted going into Wednesday’s game.
“It’s never as easy as it seems,” Merchant said. “But we did get a win. Each region is very different. I felt we were a superior squad and we were able to prove it in the end.”
Junior right winger Frank Giaccio scored first for the Miners – his second goal in two games and his fourth this season – finding the back of the net in the seventh minute. Cedar responded in the 14th minute, bringing the score even.
Giaccio then assisted junior Matias Gonzalez in the 28th minute. Park City junior defender Jack Skidmore scored unassisted in the 34th and Gonzalez scored another goal, this one unassisted, in the 37th to put the Miners ahead 4-1 by halftime.
Park City junior central midfielder George Pineda scored the game’s final goal 12 minutes into the second half.
Merchant said the team’s central midfield (Pineda, senior Jacob Farnsworth and junior Reinhold Efinger) set the Miners apart, dominating play and helping set the tempo for the game.
The Miners will play Region 12’s No. 3 Mountain Crest on Saturday at Dozier Field at 3 p.m.
“As much as you do like to relax and think this is going to be simple, it rarely is,” Merchant said. “Every team you’re playing from now on out has been successful. I’m looking forward to another big match.”
Park City High School Baseball
The Park City High School baseball team is advancing to the playoffs after defeating Ogden High School 13-1 on Tuesday in Ogden. They then defeated Ogden again 5-4 at home on Wednesday.
Coach Dave Feasler said senior Ben Agnew and sophomore Nick Stokes helped put the team ahead through their solid pitching. Feasler said the team had similar batting in both games, but with much different fielding from their opponent.
“Ogden got a little sloppy on Tuesday,” Feasler said on Thursday. “They made a bunch of errors, but yesterday they played really clean. That’s the difference in the score there.”
On Tuesday, the Miners scored one run in the second inning, then pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth inning with seven runs. They extended their lead in the seventh inning with five more. Ogden scored their only run in the bottom of the sixth.
On Wednesday, Park City and Ogden both scored two runs in the first inning. Park City scored one in the third, Ogden answered with two runs in the fifth to lead 4-3. The Miners secured the game with two more runs in the sixth.
Feasler called the wins a “confidence boost” as the team goes into playoffs.
“We will take that (confidence) into next week where the games are really important on Monday and Tuesday,” he said.
The Miners will face Stansbury on Monday and Tooele on Tuesday, the latter of which will decide whether the Miners are the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in Region 11. Juan Diego is No. 1 with a region record of 14-2. The Miners were 11-4 in region on Friday and were going to play their last game in their series against Ogden Friday night.
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It’s been a rough season for Park City, but a taste of the postseason could pay huge dividends in the future.