So, missing Alex Espinoza first of all is not like missing "any old
starter." He was the MVP as a soph, he accounts for most of the goals on
the team (when you combine assists and goals). Regarding beating a team three
times in a year... Morgan vs. Bear River 2013 state basketball playoffs...
Wasatch vs. Judge 2011 state basketball playoffs, Wasatch vs. Morgan 2010 state
basketball playoffs. Hmm...The best of luck to all young men playing
still! May they play injury free and may the officials keep their focus and
concentration and do their best. Oh, how is it that the fifth
ranked team and defending champion "exposes" a team by playing them
close but an un-ranked 4th place team does not?
Armchair- Ok, so I didn't "witness" the game, however I do still
have reliable sources whom I spoke with about the game who told me what I needed
to know to make my comment. I also read the story about the game. True, Dixie
was the defending state champs, however, when Wasatch has met comparable
competition this year, they get defensive and try and protect a lead, to me,
this signifies weakness. Therefore, if I were Ogden, I would play to that like
Dixie did in the second half and further expose that weakness. If I had the
talent level Wasatch does, I would never take my foot off the gas! Just
sayin'....Oh yeah, and I know that at this point in the season
everyone has some injuries, some of them being "key" players, but the W
vs. PC game in PC was a little lopsided in terms of talent on the field, and we
still nearly won the game. I'm hoping it's an all region 10 final.
Hard to beat a team 3 times in a year.
DHills: My son's wife played girls soccer for PC years ago so we kind of
follow PC soccer. I agree with you. They will have to play a great game to
advance. They are without their starting forward (who broke his leg against
Wasatch) and without their best defender, who also initiates a lot of their
offense. He injured his knee a couple of weeks ago and is out for the season.
They will be fortunate to advance against a great Desert Hills team.
I hate to rain on all the region 10's glory parade, but region 9 has had a
very impressive showing in this tournament. Of course I am a former Desert Hills
player, so I am quite partial. But you have to realize that Cedar was the 4th
place team from the region where Desert Hills took 1st topping both Dixie and
Cedar. I think it will be a close game, but if Park City thinks they are a shoo
in for the final, they have another thing coming.
The game with Park City and Cedar was extremely exciting with ups and downs for
both teams. While it is hard to lose a game that was so hardly fought for, it
showed the strength of both the teams that played. All the teams that played in
the quarter finals showed they deserved to be there. All were quality teams. As
for who will win who, I see no favorites when you make it this far. As Cedar has
played both Park City and Desert Hills, I will be rooting for whichever team
makes it to the finals. Cedar will be back next year striving to do better. Good
luck to the teams that remain. Enjoy...
Huh? "The reason they were missing was because the Wasatch Coach refused. .
. " that's funny since the Park Record said they were out of town on
some school-related activity (band or something). I doubt the Wasatch coach can
exert that much influence over FOUR starters on the Park City side so as to
" cause them" to miss the game. FYI, every spring season Wasatch plays
at least one game during Spring break and are usually down multiple players, but
they just plug in younger players who are not out of town and go on. This year
it was @ Logan. Additionally, the 2nd Judge game, saw mid fielder D. Espinoza
& center back Fredrick Larsen out with flu and both home playoff games this
year Alex Espinoza was held out (except for maybe 10 minutes of the overtime vs.
Dixie. So P.C. Isn't the only team to have to play short-handed. In fact it
has been well documented that Alex Espinoza was hampered in 2012 with a foot
injury that severely limited his ability to contribute. Here's hoping both
P.C. and Wasatch are at full strength and play well enough to advance.
Hey ArmChair. I'll fill in for Josey in saying PC was missing KEY players
in the second game against Wasatch. They were missing four, yes FOUR starters,
including BOTH center backs. Please show me a game Wasatch has played with those
numbers of starters missing. Also, the reason they were missing was because the
Wasatch coach refused to reschedule, even though he was asked as soon as the
schedule was released. Somebody scared?
Congrats to the Miners for advancing. Region 10 has been leading the way the
last few years with Wasatch carrying the banner. This year has been no
different and Park City has lost some close matches, including 2 to their rival.
While the first game was very close (going to extra time), the Wasps 2-1 victory
at Dozier field was dominated by the visitors. I know Josey will claim P.C. was
without some key players who were out of town, but the Wasps have been without
several key players as well down the stretch. So what does "Dixie exposed
Wasatch" mean? And how could you possibly know if you watched the Miners put
away Cedar? All I know is the Wasps win tough close games and just finished off
the defending champs. They are battle-tested veterans at this point, several of
whom have played in semi-finals for 3 consecutive years. I'll go with the
Wasps in a close one over Ogden. And hope Joseywales and the Miners make it
through to Rio Tinto. Now that would be fun. Go Wasps!
Very exciting game! My predictions will hold, Ogden vs. PC in the final with PC
winning! Dixie exposed Wasatch today, and Ogden will exploit those flaws.
This was a great game. It is great to see PC win a close one. I feel bad for
the Cedar boys. They were great players and great sports, with a lot of class.
Good job to everybody!