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PCHS soccer routs Union

Gunnar Stray-Gundersen battles a Union defender for possession on Wednesday afternoon at Dozier Field. Christopher Reeves/The Park Record
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After a hard-fought, shorthanded loss to Wasatch last week, the Park City High School boys’ soccer team was looking to bounce back against Union on Wednesday afternoon at Dozier Field.

The Miners did just that, exploding for five second-half goals in a 6-0 rout of the Cougars.

After Gunnar Stray-Gundersen scored the only goal in the first half off of a header, Park City coach Jesse Blais said he thought his team could play better.

"In the second half, I got on the guys and told them to pick it up," he said.

They responded, led by Garrett Bullough, who found the back of the net twice in the final 40 minutes of play. Carl Turner, Mitch Martino and Noah Pack also added goals.

"Jesse just talked to us and said to play our game and keep going at it," Bullough said. "In the second half, everything calmed down a little bit. You could tell we were a bit off in the first half."

Blais said that, though the scoreboard indicated otherwise, he thought the Cougars gave the Miners a tough test.

"They actually played really well against us," he said. "They have a sophomore goalkeeper who I thought played very well, especially in the first half."

Park City improved to 9-3-1 on the season. The Miners are 6-2 in Region 10 play.

Wednesday marked the last regular-season home game for several Park City seniors, including Bullough, Alejandro Vieyra, Salvador Ramirez, Jesus Valeriano, Brett Mueller, Ben Sumsion, Brad Mulick, Trace Jorgensen, Jose Suarez and Josue Montiel.

Blais said he’ll miss having this class of players around next season.

"It’s a very diverse group of seniors," he said. "They bring a lot of knowledge and creativity to the game."

After the game Bullough paused to look back over the past four years.

"It was kind of sad, my last home game," he said. "I remember freshman year like it was yesterday – being all scared and nervous to go out there and play varsity."

But, he added, he couldn’t have pictured a better ending.

"It was special," he said. "I’ve been on a slump a little bit this year and haven’t accomplished everything I hoped to accomplish senior year. But to come out with two goals, a couple assists and some good play – it was fantastic. It was everything that I wanted."

Now, the seniors will have some extra motivation to finish the year strong. If the Miners defeat Judge Memorial on Friday (after this issue went to press) and Juan Diego on Monday, they’ll clinch second place in Region 10 and earn a first-round playoff game at home. Both the Judge and Juan Diego games are road games.

Blais says if the Miners play the way they’re capable of playing, there’s no reason the squad shouldn’t finish second in the region.

"We need some cohesiveness," he said. "If we play as a team and limit our mistakes, we’re such a good squad. I’m looking for more clean play and less giveaways."

Bullough said confidence will be another key to success this week.

"I think we just need to keep our heads up," he said. "The only losses we have are to Wasatch (Region 10 leaders, undefeated on the season) and Weber (a 5A powerhouse), so we know that we can beat Judge and Juan Diego. We know that we can beat any team in 3A on a good day and we just have to bring that confidence to every game we play."


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