Miners look to end season with a win
That’s all the Snow Canyon girls’ soccer team was able to put on goal in last year’s state championship game at Rio Tinto Stadium. But it was enough for the Warriors to claim a 1-0 victory over the Park City Miners.
The Miners put several shots on goal, but weren’t able to get any favorable bounces, ending their unbeaten season and sending them home with an overall record of 17-1-2.
"They had a free kick just outside the 18-yard box," PCHS coach Chip Cook said. "The girl hit it perfectly and it skimmed the top crossbar and went in. Soccer’s a really, really cruel game that way."
But that’s all in the past. Now, the Miners are focused on getting back to the title game and snagging the first-place trophy.
With 11 seniors returning to the team, the Miners will have solid leadership and lots of varsity experience in their favor. Park City will be led by senior captains Jessie Dancy, Taylor Hodgson and Maggie Reigelsperger.
Cook said each of the girls brings something different to the team.
"Jessie is primarily a forward," she said. "She’s one of our fastest players and has gotten a lot better at holding the ball up top. Maggie has always played on the outside for us as a midfielder. She’s got one of the most powerful shots I’ve ever seen in a high school girl and creates a lot of opportunities. Taylor is our center back. She’s kind of the field general she runs the defense and did a fantastic job for us last year."
There are plenty of other upperclassmen ready to contribute as well, including senior Kenzie Bothner.
"Last year she was our center midfielder," Cook said. "She’s really creative and really smart tactically. And she can run all day fitness through the roof."
The reason Cook continually refers to where players played last season is simple they could each be playing a different spot by the time the season starts on Aug. 23.
"What’s great about all of them is they can play anywhere," she said. "They just know the game so well. I have to give props to their club coaches. They all come in really well prepared."
That versatility will come in handy when trying to replace some of the key seniors who graduated after last season Skye Mooney, Rachael Papez and Anneke Esinger.
"We lost some really key seniors who will be missed," Cook said. "Skye is going to Stanford, Rachael is going to the University of Utah and Anneke is going to Loyola Marymount."
Replacing a keeper like Mooney is never easy, but Cook said there are a couple solid prospects on the Miners’ roster.
"We’ve got a couple kids Hannah Hyatt and Marina Mayo ready to step up," she said. "Skye Mooney left some big shoes to be filled, but I think they’re ready and are up to the challenge."
With a strong core of returning players, Cook thinks the sky is the limit for this year’s squad. This year, they hope to win their last game and hoist the state championship trophy.
"I hope we can come home with the state championship," she said. "We feel like we can fix some things from last year and be a little more prepared. We’re excited about the possibilities."
The Miners start the season with a home game against Bountiful on Aug. 23. Bountiful, the 4A runner-up last year, and Park City battled to a 1-1 draw last season.
Soccer tryouts begin Monday, Aug. 5, on the turf field at Quinn’s Junction. Sessions will run from 8 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Players and parents can contact coach Chip Cook at (435) 640-6884.
Park City Varsity Schedule
Aug. 13 vs. Bountiful
Aug. 15 at Judge Memorial
Aug. 19 at Olympus
Aug. 20 vs. Wasatch
Aug. 22 at Northridge
Aug. 29 vs. Logan
Sept. 5 vs. Mountain Crest
Sept. 12 vs. Juan Diego
Sept. 17 at Morgan
Sept. 19 vs. Uintah
Sept. 24 at Union
Sept. 26 vs. Waterford
Oct. 1 at Juan Diego
Oct. 3 vs. Morgan
Oct. 8 at Uintah
Oct. 10 vs. Union
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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.