Shorthanded Miners fall to Wasatch
The Park City High School soccer team got a long-awaited chance for revenge against archrival Wasatch on Friday afternoon at Dozier Field.
But, missing several key members of the team who were in Boston for a band competition, the ensuing result against the Wasps felt all too familiar for the Miners.
After a last-second, double-overtime 2-1 loss on March 22 at Wasatch, the Miners once again came up short, again finding themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 score.
The Wasps jumped out to an early lead, scoring 12 minutes into the game. After a corner kick was sent into the goal box, a Wasatch forward sent a well-timed header past Park City goalkeeper Casey Sederman.
Twenty minutes later, a Wasatch forward dribbled around two Park City defenders before launching a powerful shot into the right corner of the goal, giving the Wasps a lead.
Park City coach Jesse Blais said energy was an issue in the opening half.
"We just needed to come out harder at the beginning of the game," he said.
He added that scoring on the Wasps, especially when a team falls behind by two goals, is no easy task.
"A team that’s that good defensively, it’s hard to put more than two goals on them," he said.
The Miners managed to close the gap when Salvador Ramirez finished off a free kick from Alejandro Vieyra to bring the score to 2-1 with just less than five minutes left in the first half.
Though the Miners were able to keep the Wasps from scoring in the final 40 minutes, they weren’t able to find the back of the net again themselves, resulting in the loss.
Now Park City (8-3-1 overall, 5-2 in Region 10) has its work cut out.
"We definitely have to win out now," Blais said. "Hopefully we can still secure a first-round playoff spot at home by getting second in region."
The Miners are back in action this afternoon at home against Union (4-10 overall, 1-7 in Region 10). Blais said his team needs to get back to playing the way it is capable of in the final three games of the regular season.
"We’re just going to have to work on being able to keep possession the whole game," he said. "We kind of lost composure a couple times in that game, and a lot of it has to do with we had some young guys in there."
But, he added, the experience that some of the sophomores got against Wasatch will go a long way toward making the team better down the stretch.
"It’s huge," he said. "These guys are already above most sophomores. I treat them like juniors and seniors; my expectations are that high for them."
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