PCHS girls’ LAX falls to American Fork
The Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team isn’t used to losing regular season games. In fact, the Miners’ last regular-season loss came nearly three years ago when they fell 11-10 to Skyline on May 2, 2013.
No team stays perfect forever, though, and the Miners learned that lesson on Friday evening at the Quinn’s Junction fields. Playing against a much-improved American Fork team, Park City built a 5-2 halftime lead.
But, in the second half, the Miners came out flat and allowed American Fork to quickly come back and take the lead. A late goal brought Park City within one, but time eventually ran out on the Miners’ attempt to come from behind and they lost, 8-7.
This offseason, Park City graduated a significant number of seniors from the undefeated teams of 2014 and 2015, so the 2016 squad features several young and inexperienced players. However, assistant coach Katie Kleinendorst said youth wasn’t what caused the loss on Friday.
"We play as a team, whether it’s the freshmen or the seniors," she said. "We all just didn’t have our best start [to the second half]. We prepare the same for every game — today just wasn’t our day."
Kleinendorst said American Fork’s energy made it was clear which team wanted to win more.
"They pressured us extremely hard on attack and in the midfield on our transitions," she said. "They were just the hungrier team today."
If there’s a positive to take away from Friday, Kleinendorst said the pressure has been taken off the Miners now. Sometimes in sports, a loss is beneficial to ground the team and keep players humble. Kleinendorst said that’s how the Park City coaches will use the loss.
"We just talked to our girls about that," she said. "This is only going to make us stronger. Other teams in Utah are probably not going to take us as seriously now as they have in the past. We’re going to use that to our advantage."
Park City (5-2 overall, 4-1 in league play) will look to bounce back against Alta on Thursday night. Kleinendorst said the coaching staff will be looking for a lot of sustained energy from the girls.
"We’re just going to make sure we come out 100 percent ready and play a full 50-minute game," she said.
Thursday’s game against Alta is scheduled to start at 6:15 p.m. at Dozier Field.
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