Park City • Park City forward Garrett Magie worked his way with the ball near the goal in the middle of a frantic mix of players late in Wednesday’s game against Juan Diego.
He looked for his teammate but, finding nothing, fired a shot. It ricocheted off Juan Diego’s goalkeeper and into the net, sending Magie sprinting back to the Park City bench, tugging at his jersey and unleashing a primal yell.
Park City 2, Juan Diego 1
O Garrett Magie’s late goal gives Park City a win over region rival Juan Diego.
» Neither team scores until Park City goes ahead in the 63rd minute.
» The Miners now lead the Soaring Eagle by one game in the Region 10 race.
"That was amazing. I was really pumped after that one," he said.
Magie’s heroics with just over 2:30 remaining in regulation propelled Park City over Juan Diego, 2-1, giving the Miners the upper hand in what both teams expect to be a tight Region 10 race.
Throughout much of the match, it appeared to be a stalemate, as neither team was able to mount a consistent offensive attack. And after the teams traded goals in the middle of the second half, the match seemed headed to overtime.
But then the Miners responded with a late flurry of attacks, the last resulting in Magie’s goal, which sent the Park City bench and crowd into celebration.
"That’s our mentality, our motto," Magie said. "Even when we’re at practice, we’re like, ‘We’ve got to be serious the whole way because when it comes to a close game we’ve got to be ready.’ We keep pushing hard until the end."
Both teams entered the match undefeated in Region 10 play, but what was at stake would have been clear without looking at the standings. The players needled and jostled through 80 minutes of chippy play, chasing what had the potential to be a season-defining win.
"Emotions are flying high and everyone is yelling at each other and talking smack," Magie said. "It’s great to play in, and if you come out with a win it’s a great feeling.
It’s real big because we know that when we go down there it’s going to be tough. They are a great team and are definitely going to give us a great challenge."
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