Following a tricky loss to Olympus earlier within the week, Park City High School’s boys soccer group hoped that it wouldn’t let that disappointment affect Friday’s sport towards Highland, a must-win match for the Miners in the event that they needed to maintain their hopes of internet hosting a playoff sport alive.
But a fast aim for Highland within the first half put the stress on Park City early. However, senior Luke Bochnowski helped flip the sport round for the Miners. Bochnowski had two assists within the first half to offer the Miners the lead, and Park City added one other within the second half to carry on for a 3-2 win over the Rams.
“Just wanted to keep it simple today,” Bochnowski mentioned. “(I) was looking to whip (passes) across the box, and it worked out nicely, getting my teammates two tap-in goals.
“It was a really fun game today. I felt like I was more on top of my game today. Felt like I was more ready and played like it, too.”
Bochnowski registered his first help not too lengthy after Highland’s opening aim. He received the ball on the fitting aspect of the sphere, beat a defender and performed an ideal cross for junior Evan Tsandes within the field as he streaked towards the aim. All Tsandes needed to do at that time was get a foot on it, and he scored the equalizer for the Miners.
“I saw the ball coming in, I was in the 6-yard box,” Tsandes mentioned. “Heart rate went up a little bit, but stayed composed and slotted it in. You’re not going to get an easier goal than that one.”
Park City thought it had taken the lead on an personal aim, nevertheless it was overturned. With eight minutes left within the first half, Bochnowski later had an almost an identical play to his first help, as he fired a cross into the field for freshman Nicolas Janssen. Janssen struck the ball together with his left foot and scored to place the Miners in entrance.
The Miners doubled their lead early within the second half on a free kick. Senior Harrison Polychronis had saved the ball from going out of bounds and drew the free kick on a handball when a Highland participant thought the ball was out of play. Polychronis whipped the ball into the field as a few his teammates made runs to the close to put up. The ball made it by the gang of our bodies within the field and located its manner into the again of the web for what would finally stand because the game-winning aim.
“That near-post run is so hard for the goalkeeper to deal with because he has to respect it,” Park City coach Anthony DiCicco mentioned. “And as the goalkeeper is dealing with that near-post run, Harrison’s able to hit that perfect ball that nobody touches and sneaks in back-post side netting.
“This whole game was a reflection of the team’s commitment to doing the little things that are the margins in tough games. I think every single one of our region games except (two have) been a one-goal game. Critical moment, and you never know when that critical moment is going to be.”
Friday was the ultimate dwelling sport of Park City’s regular-season schedule. The Miners face Murray on the street on Tuesday to shut out the common season. For the multitude of seniors on Park City’s roster, successful what may very well be their remaining sport at Dozier Field was essential.
“I hope not, but if that’s the final game, I’m not necessarily upset,” Bochnowski mentioned. “We come off with a win, we had a lot of fans supporting us out here, so it was pretty awesome.”