PCHS girls’ soccer routs Grantsville, 9-1
The Park City High School girls’ soccer team was in top form on Tuesday afternoon at the North 40 fields in Park City.
After picking up a 2-0 road win against Tooele on Monday in a game rescheduled after last week’s rain, the Miners’ offense stepped up against Grantsville. Park City scored six first-half goals to take a 6-1 lead at the break in a game that ultimately ended in a 9-1 victory.
Bailey Hodgson and Emma Burke each scored twice for the Miners, while Lindsay Gordon, Evie Edwards, Lucy Medina, Sophie Robinson and Claire West all scored one goal in the contest.
Though the outcome of the game was never in doubt on Tuesday afternoon, Park City Coach Chip Cook said she was proud of the way the Miners focused on improving themselves.
"I thought we played quality soccer for most of the game," she said. "We had one little letdown and let them score, but it was an amazing shot that they took — you have to give them credit for that. We looked at [Tuesday’s game] as an opportunity to instill good habits and reform bad ones. I think they did a good job of that today. We didn’t play sloppy, selfish soccer but for a few minutes. For most of the game, we were sharing the ball and looking to play good soccer."
In the preseason, the Miners often controlled possession for the majority of the game, only to lose when an opponent capitalized on one or two of its handful of scoring chances. Cook said the Miners have focused on taking advantage of more of their own opportunities.
"It’s frustrating when it’s a make-or-break shot and it’s the only shot they’ve had the entire game and it’s an upper-90, right-hand, side-netting shot," she said. "No goalkeeper is going to save that. We’ve talked a lot about how we have to make sure we don’t let the game get to that point where one amazing shot can beat us. We have to create lots of opportunities and not allow those great shots."
Through four Region 10 games, the Miners have outscored opponents 20-2. Cook said it’ll be tough to continue that level of success through the next four region games, but she thinks the Miners are up to the task.
"We had a very solid game against Stansbury, but we were at home," she said. "It’s a different ballgame when you go to their home field. We have to play them solid again and capitalize more on our opportunities. We had the better chances in the first game and we failed to capitalize on them. Tooele was very, very physical. We need to play a better-connected game against them. We came away with the win, but it should have been a lot less tight of a game than it was. But we got the away game out of the way against them."
Now Park City (5-6-1 overall, 4-0 in Region 10) must continue to improve in order to secure the region title. Cook said the Miners are feeling confident, but understand there’s more work to be done.
"I think they’re feeling good about the way they’re playing," she said. "They’re not resting on their laurels, though. They understand we still have a ways to go toward reaching our final goal, which is a state championship run and hopefully a win. They understand that we still have individual and team things that need to be worked on and made to be habit. They’re working on it and they understand this is just the beginning, not the ultimate goal."
Park City’s next game is senior night and will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 29, against Union. The game will be played at Dozier Field at 6 p.m.
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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.