High school boys soccer: Wasatch Wasps sting rival Miners in Park City, win 2-1
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
PARK CITY — In a "spring" sport matchup, Park City's boys soccer team hosted Wasatch on the Miners' freshly plowed field. With piles of snow surrounding the field and a winter chill in the air, it was the Wasps that stung the home Miners in a physical 2-1 victory Friday afternoon.
"Every time you play Park City it's an exciting game," said Wasatch head coach Dawain Wheatley. "When you win it's an exciting win and when you lose it's an exciting loss."
Wasatch's Cesar Vargas took a corner kick header off the back post to assist Hunter Ketterer, who redirected a second header to find the back of the net to get the scoring started. Isaac Smedley gave the Wasps a 2-0 lead on some nifty footwork, scoring from left to right from 10 yards out.
Park City kept things interesting, scoring on a rebound off a save attempt right at the net to make the score 2-1 heading into the break.
The second half was a mix of keep away and close calls for the Wasps, with Park City having several free kicks from within 30 yards in the final 10 minutes. Park City had one free kick from 15 yards out that clanged off the football goalpost just above the soccer goal and fell harmlessly out of bounds.
"We've had 10 goals scored against us this year," Wheatley said, "and probably six or seven of them have been off of set pieces. We're a physical team. We know that and sometimes we have to tell the players when we are in the back half of the field we just have to stand 'em up. You don't have to always try and steal the ball — just front them and if they pass it back out, great. But those situations can get your stomach in knots. Thankfully they missed this time."
As happy as Wheatley was to beat his archrival, he knows his squad doesn't have much time to celebrate.
"Next up is Juan Diego and that was a double-overtime win last time we played," Wheatley said. "We had Judge, then Park City and now Juan Diego. We have all three in a row and we know it's tough to prepare for those teams, but our kids have done a nice job of preparing for each match."