PCHS soccer team battles to draw | ParkRecord.com

PCHS soccer team battles to draw

Thursday afternoon’s girls’ soccer game at the North 40 fields in Park City featured a battle of two offenses that had been struggling mightily to start the season.

In preseason play, the 4A Provo Bulldogs had only scored in one game a 4-1 win against Canyon View. Meanwhile, the 3A Park City Miners had only scored three goals all season and had yet to pick up a victory.

Thursday’s game showcased some of those struggles, as both teams were held scoreless in the first half. Park City had several goal-scoring opportunities, but a great effort from the Provo goalkeeper kept the score knotted at 0.

In the second half, a shot crept past Park City keeper Hannah Gardner, making the score 1-0 Provo.

"They had one shot on goal and they scored," Park City coach Chip Cook said. "That was unlucky. It was just a bouncy mix-up in the middle and they capitalized on it."

But Park City’s offense still had some life in it. Shortly after Provo’s goal, the Miners added one of their own. Nicole Greene dribbled into the 18-yard box and found Evie Edwards, who knocked a shot past the Provo keeper to make it 1-1.

"I was super excited that they fought back and got the score back even," Cook said. "We gave ourselves a lot of opportunities to win the game."

At the end of regulation, the teams agreed to play two 10-minute overtime periods to try to decide a winner. But even though Provo went down to 10 players thanks to an untimely red card, Park City couldn’t capitalize on a few good scoring chances and the game ended 1-1.

"I think it should have been a win," Cook said. "But, that being said, I was really proud of them for fighting back. I was proud of their fight and their effort. We’re still showing a little bit of inexperience in our decision-making, but we’re coming along."

The Miners had a week off after their 6-0 loss at Alta on Aug. 28, and now have another week before taking on Uintah in Vernal for the Region 10 opener. Cook is hoping to be able to capitalize on the extra practice time to continue getting better as a team.

"We’ve just had so many games and so few practices that it’s hard to practice new formations and put kids in new positions," she said. "I think we’re ready [for the Region 10 season]. We just have to get some continuity and some more practice time. We got some more this week and I think it showed in today’s game."

Also on the to-do list for the Miners is recovery. Park City looked like a walking physical therapy clinic on the field Thursday, with several players sporting knee braces, thigh wraps, ankle braces and any other sort of brace one could imagine.

"We’re really suffering from some injuries," Cook said. "With the exception of Bailey [Hoglin, out for the season with a significant knee injury], I don’t think any of them are super serious. I just think they need to get those little muscle pulls and tweaks worked out and they’ll be fine."

Other than the injuries, Cook said she’s happy with where the Miners are at as a team heading into their first game against a 3A opponent this season. That being said, she added that heading to Vernal is never an easy task, so this week’s practices will be extra important.

"We’re going to focus on getting healthy and focus on some little things we need to dial in," she said. "We’ll keep refining and improving and hopefully we’ll build on this performance."

Park City (0-7-1) will return home on Thursday, Sept. 18, to take on Region 10 rival Juan Diego. That game will be held at the North 40 fields and is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.

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