Miners soccer team sweeps season series vs. Uintah | ParkRecord.com

Miners soccer team sweeps season series vs. Uintah

It didn’t rain for long during the Park City High School girls’ soccer team’s game on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields, but while it was, the Miners’ offense was hot.

During a storm that lasted for the first 20 minutes of the game against Region 10 foe Uintah, the Miners jumped out to a 3-0 lead, thanks to two goals from Lindsay Gordon and one from Lauren Walker.

After maintaining the 3-0 advantage while the rain subsided, the Miners eventually tacked on another goal when Evie Edwards found the back of the net, sending Park City into halftime ahead 4-0.

In the second half, though, things changed a little bit for the Miners. The high-powered offense slowed down and the stout defense allowed a goal, making the game’s final score Park City 4, Uintah 1.

Park City coach Chip Cook said she was happy with the way the Miners started Tuesday’s game, but thought the second half left a lot to be desired.

"I don’t think it was a lack of motivation I think it was too much motivation," she said. "They all wanted to score. We were playing a bit selfishly and everybody was taking shots from far away instead of making that extra pass."

Cook said she doesn’t mind aggressive play from her squad, as long as it comes within the flow of the game.

"It’s nice that they want to score," she said. "But we shouldn’t be shooting from 40 yards out in a game like this."

However, Cook noted that the Miners again looked strong playing against a Region 10 opponent.

"In the first half, we played really well," he said. "We played some nice possession soccer and we were working it inside out."

Additionally, the Miners tried a couple unusual formations, including sending starting goalkeeper Hannah Hyatt out into the field at points.

"We had a couple different times in each half where there were three goalies playing on the field two as field players and one in net," Cook said. "They did a really good job for having limited playing time in the field."

Though the cold rain may have bothered the Utes, Cook said the Miners embraced the adverse conditions and made the most of the situation.

"It’s all a mindset," she said. "They were happy to play in the rain. They were enjoying it.

"It suits a team that’s good at possession, like we are. We were finding feet and our first touches were good."

As the Miners continue to roll through Region 10 play (they were 5-0 after Tuesday’s win), Cook said the players aren’t getting ahead of themselves and aren’t underestimating opponents.

"This team isn’t overconfident," she said. "But I think they know they can compete favorably with anyone."

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