PCHS girls’ soccer falls in final preseason game
September 11, 2015
The long preseason ended for the Park City High School girls’ soccer team on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields.
Taking on 4A Bountiful, the 3A Miners struggled on the offensive end yet again in a 3-1 loss to close out the non-region portion of their schedule. While accumulating a 1-5-1 preseason record, the Miners allowed 20 goals while scoring only six.
Park City trailed 2-1 at halftime on Tuesday, with its lone goal coming on a penalty kick by Bailey Hoglin. Park City Coach Chip Cook said a couple freshmen connected to draw the foul that set up Hoglin’s goal.
"We brought up a couple freshmen [to the varsity roster]," she said. "We had a great switch of field and a ball through. Zoe Heiden tracked the ball down in the box and got fouled from behind and we got a penalty kick. It was a great connection between Rachel Baniewicz and Zoe Heiden. They added some really good energy and did a great job for us today."
Though the Miners have given up plenty of goals in the preseason while struggling to score many of their own, Cook said that’s a byproduct of playing bigger schools. Plus, she added, the team is still getting used to working together as a unit.
"We have all these amazing skill sets within the team," she said. "We know that we have the ability to do the things we’re asking. The girls are understanding that it’s going to take an entire team effort, with an entire tactical strategy put into play throughout the course of the game, that’s going to give us the best chance to win as a team. We just don’t have the experience playing with each other. We’re gaining a comfort level as the season goes on.
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"It’s just silly little goals that have been scored on us. I feel like we had a great second half. We didn’t find the back of the net, but we created a couple good scoring opportunities and got an unlucky own goal."
Despite struggling for much of the preseason, Cook said she’s been pleased with the Miners’ effort, both on Tuesday and in the other games so far this year.
"I feel like we’re getting some bits and pieces of things we want to be and want to do as a team, but we just haven’t put all the pieces together yet," she said. "We’re a team with a lot of desire and heart and I don’t think we ever gave up in the course of a game. The frustration isn’t showing in a lack of effort on the field. In fact, sometimes they try too hard. We’ve been telling them to work hard, but work smart at the same time. Working hard isn’t enough — they have to work to their tactical ability."
The Miners began Region 10 play on Thursday at Union with a big 7-0 victory. The quick turnover from preseason to region play shouldn’t affect Park City too much, Cook said.
"I like the way this worked out," she said. "We have much fewer injuries this year [than last year]. I don’t like having too much time off — I like getting right into stuff and getting moving."
Next week, the Miners travel to Tooele on Tuesday and host Stansbury on Thursday. Cook said she’s still not quite sure what to expect from Park City’s new Region 10 opponents, but anticipates a strong showing from Stansbury.
"We played Stansbury in match camp [over the summer]," she said. "They’re a good, solid team and they had a senior who was a really solid player. In the second half, we contained her very well. I’m looking for more of the same. I think Stansbury’s going to be our best region opponent, but I’m not sure."
Both Tuesday’s match at Tooele and Thursday’s game against Stansbury at the North 40 fields in Park City are scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.