PCHS girls’ soccer blanks Tooele in final home game
The Park City High School girls’ soccer team closed out its regular-season home schedule this week with a pair of wins in Region 10 games.
On Tuesday night at Dozier Field, the Miners routed the Union Cougars 8-0 on senior night, with goals from Bre Cartwright, Zoe Heiden, Dani Johnson, Julia Morelli, Lindsay Gordon, Evie Edwards, Emma Burke and Erin McNeely.
On Thursday afternoon at the North 40 fields, a much more competitive game took place against the Tooele Buffaloes. First-half goals by Jessica DiCaprio and Johnson gave the Miners an early 2-0 lead. After a physical second half, that score held up and the Miners came away with their sixth Region 10 victory, remaining unbeaten in region play.
The first Park City goal Thursday, scored by DiCaprio, was set up by a near-perfect cross from Burke. DiCaprio then easily beat the Tooele keeper and put the ball in the back of the net. On Johnson’s goal, it was Gordon who delivered the cross right to Johnson’s feet.
Though Coach Chip Cook was pleased with the passing on the two goals, she said that, at times, the Miners were sloppy with the ball.
"I think our final pass and final touch, at times, was a little loose," she said. "They (the Buffaloes) knew we wanted to play the ball a little bit quicker and make our decisions a little bit quicker because they were super aggressive and they like to get into the play and make it messy. As soon as we started playing the ball quickly and getting it into the open spaces and passing around them instead of trying to go through them, things started happening and we started controlling the pace of the game."
Cook said that, while the Miners only won 2-0, she never felt the game was out of hand.
"I didn’t feel particularly threatened by their attack," she said. "I think they had two chances toward the end. As we well know, unfortunately, games are decided on one or two chances. Fortunately for us, today we were able to create a lot of scoring opportunities and scored on a couple of them and it ended up being enough."
She credited the group of Park City defenders for making those two goals was hold up for the win on Thursday.
"They were very organized back there," she said. "The two Baileys (Hoglin and Hodgson) anchored them and Dani stepped in for a few minutes and did a good job. Bailey Hoglin is a great communicator and Bailey Hodgson is the one who marks the opposing forward tightly. They work extremely well together and they both feel comfortable in their roles. The outside backs did a good job, too."
Moving forward, Park City (7-6-1 overall, 6-0 in Region 10) faces its toughest test on Tuesday afternoon. The Miners hit the road to take on Stansbury (9-2-1, 5-1), who they beat 2-1 in double overtime on Sept. 17. Cook said it will take a flawless game to remain unbeaten in region play.
"We have to be better in possession and have tighter touches than we did today," she said. "We just need to play a good, solid soccer game. They have a really solid forward who has scored a lot of goals. Kristen [Mosher] handled her very well last time. We need to play like we played them last game and play a little better than we did [on Thursday against Tooele]."
Tuesday afternoon’s game at Stansbury is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. The Miners end the regular season on Thursday with a game at Grantsville, also at 3:30 p.m.
The Park City High School baseball team was knocked out of the Class 4A playoffs on May 15 when they lost to Bear River 8-6.