PCHS boys’ soccer team downs Juan Diego
After nearly 37 minutes of scoreless soccer on Friday afternoon at Park City High School, the Miners were awarded a free kick about 40 yards from the goal.
The resulting kick was picture-perfect, arcing toward the goal and forcing the Juan Diego goalkeeper to make a diving effort just to get his fingertips on the ball.
Fortunately for Park City, the ball bounced back to Sully Tesch, who easily drove the ball into the goal to give the Miners a 1-0 lead.
That was all the Miners, and goalkeeper Casey Sederman, would need, shutting out Juan Diego to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.
Sederman wasn’t tested much in the victory, thanks to strong defense from his teammates, but when the Soaring Eagle did get a shot on goal, he was up to the challenge, finishing the game with a clean sheet.
"He stepped up," Miners coach Jesse Blais said of Sederman’s effort. "He didn’t play last year, but he’s a hockey player, so he’s always in shape."
With 31 minutes remaining in the second half, Park City added an insurance goal, increasing the lead to 2-0. Garrett Magie dribbled the ball down the right side of the field, weaving in and out of defenders before launching a cross into the goal box.
There, the ball found Carl Turner’s foot, beating the Juan Diego goalkeeper for the second time on the afternoon.
Blais said he’s proud of the way his team has progressed in only three games so far this season.
"I saw a lot of energy," he said. "Some of the things we’ve been working on the past couple weeks started clicking."
He added that his players had a little extra energy for the Region 10 rivalry game – especially since the Soaring Eagle made it to the state finals last season – leading to some physical play.
"That’s part of the rivalry," he said. "All these guys play on different club teams, so when it comes to high school games, they’ll jump on any occasion (to be physical)."
The Miners took on Weber High School on Monday (results were unavailable for this issue), a powerful 5A program. Blais said he hoped his team would gain some confidence against a bigger school.
"I’m just looking to see if we can compete with one of the best teams in the state," he said. "Hopefully we can give them a good game."
The Miners are back in action against Uintah at 3:30 p.m. today at Park City High School.
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Park City is the lone undefeated team in Region 10 play after a 60-30 win over Mountain View. The Miners have three more region games in their quest to repeat as region champions.