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Corner Canyon Defense Too Much For Shorthanded Park City

The last time the Corner Canyon Chargers and Park City Miners met, the Chargers walked away with a comfortable 13-7 victory. Unfortunately for the Miners, who were playing without their two leading scorers due to injury, history repeated itself Saturday night. A penalty at the end of a defense-dominated, 0-0 first quarter gave the Chargers the offensive opportunity they need to find their rhythm, and they never looked back, building an early lead, using a smothering ride, and swarming 50/50 ground balls to take the majority of possessions, doubling up the Miners and winning 8-4.
“Overall, we played really well,” stated Corner Canyon head coach Mark Davis, “It’s all the boys; they put their heart out there and made some really good plays. Holding them to four goals…our D played really well today. Unfortunately for Park City, they didn’t have [their two leading scorers]. That’s tough on their half.”

Photos courtesy of Steve O'Camb
Photos courtesy of Steve O’Camb
Max Franckowiak quarterbacked the Charger offense and was instrumental in getting the W for Corner Canyon, assisting on the first three goals and ending the game with 1 goal and 4 assists. Ryan Hansen also had a good day for the Chargers, netting a hat trick on the evening.
“Spencer Sorensen and Kyle Reaveley — they’re awesome on defense,” said Coach Davis, “The heart that they put into it is amazing.”
The Miners had a lot of looks at the cage early, but their shots went wide — a trend that would continue throughout the night. Park City had trouble first-timing ground balls on the artificial turf of Charger Stadium, allowing the Chargers to swarm the fallen orb and retrieve it. Even when PC was able to grab a possession, they had real trouble figuring out CC’s ride and would often throw the ball away, making a comeback bid near impossible.
Photos courtesy of Steve O'Camb
Photos courtesy of Steve O’Camb
One bright spot for the understaffed Miners was the man between the pipes, Sheridan Buchholz, who tried valiantly to keep Park City in the game with some impressive one-on-one saves, and the Miner keeper even took the ball coast-to-coast on a clear and scored the anomalous and vaunted “goalie goal.”
“We push our boys a lot,” reflected Coach Davis, “and I think it started working a little bit…It’s another win. We’ve gotta continue to build through the end of the season. We use the analogy that we’re building the Great Wall of China and we don’t do it all at once, it’s one brick at a time. So, one thing at a time: one game at a time, one practice at a time.”
The Chargers will have a chance to place another brick in the wall as they play at the upstart Jordan Beetdiggers on Tuesday, April 19. The Miners will also be back in action on Tuesday, where they’ll be playing just a stone’s throw from Charger Stadium in the Soaring Eagle Stadium of Juan Diego.

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