PCHS girls’ LAX rolls past Juan Diego 14-1
Last weekend, the Park City High School girls’ lacrosse team went to California to play two games against West Coast squads.
After going 1-1 on the trip, the Miners returned to Utah for another road game on Wednesday night against Juan Diego. Park City didn’t miss a beat, scoring early and often and playing stifling defense while earning a 14-1 win.
Park City Coach Kassandra Lemons said the Miners learned a lot about teamwork during their California trip.
"When you’re playing competitive teams like that, what we took away is that we have to do it together," she said. "Often [in Utah], there are programs with one or two stars on their team. When everyone is a threat, we have to play as a cohesive unit."
The Miners’ first game on the West Coast was against a tough Foothills team. Trailing 4-1 at halftime, Park City managed to battle back to earn a 7-6 victory. Lemons said that win made a statement.
"It was awesome," she said. "When we went out there, we were trying to represent Utah lacrosse and trying to prove ourselves. To have an awesome comeback against Foothills and hold them to only two goals in the second half, the girls were ecstatic about it. We were really pumped to go out there and come back with a win. But we got a little grounded on Saturday [in an 11-6 loss to Canyon Crest] and saw that if we don’t stick to the game plan, teams can capitalize on that."
The loss may have humbled the Miners a bit, but Lemons said it was a good teaching moment.
"We’ve been undefeated the last two years and it’s really hard to learn from winning every game," she said. "And it was a great team bonding experience."
Now back in Utah, Lemons said she’s thrilled with the way the Park City defense has been playing of late.
"Our defense is lights out," she said. "They work together as a unit and they’re scrappy. They cause a lot of turnovers and that’s frustrating for the other side. In the closer games, that’s what wins."
The offense is clicking, too, Lemons added. She said the Miners were able to work on possessing the ball on Wednesday night.
"We really focus on all aspects of the game, whether that’s possession and not taking it to the cage or trying to score," she said. "Last night, there was a card against the other team, so we got to work on what to do in a man-up situation, too."
The Miners return to the field on Wednesday night against Jordan. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. at Dozier Field. On Friday, the Miners host a much-improved American Fork squad at 5:30 p.m. on the Quinn’s Junction field.
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Tosh Martin, a Park City High School junior, was the Miners’ sole selection to the Class 4A UHSAA All-State soccer first team.