High school boys soccer: Park City Miners advance with shootout victory over Cedar

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  • WeberCatBasketballFan Midway, UT
    May 7, 2013 9:39 a.m.

    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?

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    May 6, 2013 1:02 p.m.

    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.

  • watchtheweather salt lake, UT
    May 6, 2013 8:28 a.m.

    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.

  • DHillsAlumni18 St. George, UT
    May 5, 2013 11:14 p.m.

    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.

  • nvfan Cedar City, UT
    May 5, 2013 10:18 p.m.

    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...

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2013 6:35 p.m.

    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.

  • watchtheweather salt lake, UT
    May 5, 2013 5:43 p.m.

    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?

  • armchairQBonthehill Salt Lake City, UT
    May 5, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    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!

  • joseywales Park City, UT
    May 5, 2013 12:43 a.m.

    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.

  • watchtheweather salt lake, UT
    May 4, 2013 10:59 p.m.

    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!