Park City • Laura Lyons was perched at the top of the box waiting for her shot.
The Park City junior blasted home a shot off a pass from Alexis Polenz for an early end to the Miners’ Class 3A girls’ soccer playoff opener against Richfield on Wednesday.
The Miners controlled possession and seemingly scored at will, and it was Lyons’ goal that gave Park City the 8-0 victory.
Senior Maggie Reigelsperger said that the win established the tempo the Miners want to bring throughout the state tournament.
"In the past year, we’ve been working on our finesse, passing the ball around and not relying on our bodies," Reigelsperger said. "If your head isn’t in it, the other team can score, and it’s not as great if it’s not a shutout."
Scoring started early when Lindsay Gordon finished a cross from Alysan Casey in the eighth minute. Park City went to half with a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Kenzie Bothner and Jessie Dancy.
"It was about keeping our focus and maintaining the right attitude on the field," Bothner said. "In tournament play, the minute you let your guard down, you’ll be out."
Bothner and Gordon found the back of the net again in the second half with Reigelsprerger, Lyons and Hayden Shettig also scoring. Park City’s backfield kept the ball in Richfield territory throughout the match.
"It was a balanced team effort," Bothner said. "I’m glad that everybody was able to get involved."
Oddly, the bright light for Richfield was goalkeeper Maddy Lu Jerome. While Park City keepers Marina Mayo and Hannah Hyatt did jumping jacks to stay warm in the cold air, Jerome registered 34 saves. Her positioning and ability to knock down balls extended the game.
"She was really good," Reigelsperger said. "We underestimated her at first, but she really surprised us. Great job."
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