Park City soccer coach Mike Guetschow predicted his team's 3A quarterfinal game against Ben Lomond "was going to go to who worked hardest."
And that's what the Miners did, in a shootout, to beat last year's 4A tournament runner-up Ben Lomond 4-3 on Monday at the West Jordan soccer complex.The win puts Park City into the semifinals, where it will face Morgan on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Jason Miller's goal gave Park City a 1-0 lead. But Cory Laughter scored before the half to tie it up.
The Miners came out tough in the second period with a head-in by Jason Coal, but the Scots retaliated with two goals by Cam Christensen and Chris Dean. Forty-five seconds after Ben Lomond took the 3-2 lead, Coal scored his second goal of the game to tie the game at 3-3 and force the overtime.
Ben Lomond looked confident in the first overtime, coming out and getting good looks at the net. This was the Scots' fifth overtime this season, and they almost had the game with a hard shot by Kyle Rasmussen. His attempt hit the top of the goalpost and bouncd back into play, resulting in a couple of ricocheted shots before the Miners could clear the ball.
The second OT was back and forth with good scoring chances for each team, but at the end of 10 minutes it was still tied 3-3, sending the game into a shootout.
Park City was unstoppable in the shootout, scoring four straight goals to overcome the Scots. Kell-an Wilson, a junior, was in goal for the Miners, replacing their regular-season goalie, who was out with an injury.
"This was a heartbreaker," said Ben Lomond coach Don Greenfield. "We should've had this one. It's going to be a hard one to swallow, but life goes on."
For Park City, soccer will go on.
In other 3A quarterfinals:
SNOW CANYON 2, TOOELE 1: Snow Canyon pulled off the biggest upset of the 3A tournament so far by dropping highly regarded Tooele in a shootout. After a scoreless overtime, the Warriors converted on four of five shootout penalty kicks while the Buffs managed only two scores in their attempts. Lehi hosts the Warriors Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
LEHI 2, OGDEN 1: After almost an entire game of scoreless soccer, Lehi got offensive just in time to advance to the semifinals. Ben Beck assisted Jason Chamberlin on a throw-in with 13 minutes left to give Lehi a 1-0 lead. Ogden answered seven minutes later but with less than two minutes remaining in the contest, Beck assisted Chamberlin again on an indirect kick to avoid overtime.
MORGAN 1, CEDAR CITY 0: The Trojans scored in the first 10 minutes, and goalie Mark London made 25 saves against the Redmen for the shutout.