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PCHS soccer routed by Stansbury

Park City s Matt Gregory makes a move around a Stansbury defender on Friday afternoon in the Miners 5-0 loss to the Stallions.
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Coming off a 2-0 win against Union on April 1, the Park City High School boys’ soccer team hoped to keep its improved play going against Stansbury on Friday afternoon at Dozier Field.

Instead, the Stallions immediately put their stamp on the game, taking a 3-0 lead into halftime and cruising to an easy 5-0 victory in the Region 10 match.

Park City allowed Caleb Anderson to score three goals for Stansbury and Laden Littlefield added the other two. Meanwhile, the Miners didn’t test Stansbury goalkeeper Chad Coleman very often, allowing him to preserve the shutout.

Park City Coach Tom Merchant said the reason for the big loss was simple — the Miners didn’t have as much energy as the Stallions.

"The first thing is that having a week off [for spring break] didn’t help us," he said. "We were struggling as it was and having a week off of school wasn’t helpful to us at all. We have to work harder than we did. They aren’t a better team than us necessarily, but they played much better than we did."

Sloppiness in the passing game doomed Park City throughout the game, often putting the defense in dangerous situations.

"We would struggle to win the ball back and then give it back to them in one pass," Merchant said. "That just puts you under pressure constantly. Simple passes would work if we just controlled the ball and moved it to the open player. Because we were on our heels, we were struggling to complete that next pass."

Merchant said the Miners looked like they were playing catchup all afternoon against the hard-working Stallions.

"We were a step slow all the way," he said. "We were a step slow getting back to cover defensively and then the tide was washing back and forth and we were going the opposite direction all the time. That’s due to energy level more than anything else."

For Merchant, who had a decorated coaching career in New Jersey, this year’s Park City squad presents a new challenge. He said he and the other coaches will try to find the players on the roster who will fight hard to win.

"[Friday’s game] was embarrassing, personally, and it should have been for them, too," he said. "We need to think about it and see if we can dig deep and come up with something better. It’s a simpler game than they made it look today. It’s not that they’re untalented — they just need to dig deep to get it out. Overall, that was a very lackluster appearance from us. I don’t think they’re going to be satisfied with that as the kind of soccer they play."

Despite the loss, Park City is still alive in Region 10 play and is also in the hunt for a playoff spot. Merchant said he’ll try to put the 11 players on the field who will give the Miners the best shot of reaching their goals.

"We’ll search for the people that want it enough," he said. "We can lose with anybody on the field. We’ll find the players that have the desire to go out and push for [wins]."

Park City (1-8 overall, 1-2 in Region 10) will play at home again this Friday against Grantsville, a team that defeated the Miners 3-0 earlier this season. The game will be held at Dozier Field and is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.


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