Prep girl soccer: Park City blanks Juan Diego
Park City •The unbeaten Park City girls soccer team went to work and dispatched Juan Diego 2-0 in a gritty and physical game Tuesday.
After the teams played to a draw in the first half, they came out swinging in the second under a flurry of whistles for late hits and jersey grabbing.
The Region 10 showdown featured fierce collisions, hard tackles and no uncontested balls.
"They pushed us, so we pushed back," Park City's Jessie Dancy said.
The physicality of the game escalated as the minutes passed in the second half. But Park City pulled away by maintaining pressure in Juan Diego's territory for the majority of the game.
"You'll eventually break through and score when you keep challenging their defense," Park City coach Chip Cook said. "When you create enough opportunities, you'll eventually break through."
The Miners struck first in the 58th minute off a cross from Dancy to junior Gretchen Swenson, who headed the ball into the top right corner.
"I wanted to be there for my team," said Dancy, who leads Park City with nine goals. "I'd rather score, but I'll contribute anyway I have to [to] win."
Junior Maggie Reigelsperger scored the second goal in the waning minutes of play to secure a Miners victory. She capitalized by crushing the ball into the back of the net off a cross from Dancy. It was her sixth of the season.
Park City's defense benefited from the offense keeping the ball in Juan Diego's territory for the majority of the game.
"They were a solid team. The best way to win is to keep it off of our side," Reigelsperger said. "We work hard to always be pressuring them."
It hurt Juan Diego that it played without senior Emily Bruder, who is in Azerbajian representing the United States in the Under-17 World Cup. The Soaring Eagle were limited to only three shots on goal.
• Park City's Skye Mooney's posted her fourth shutout of the season.
• Park City's Maggie Reigelsperger scored her sixth goal of the season.
• Juan Diego's top scoring threat, Emily Bruder, was absent to participate in the Under-17 World Cup.