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Park City Miners Defeat Skyline in Boys Class A Semifinal Round

The No. 1 ranked Park Miners took the field at Judge Memorial Catholic High School against No. 4 Skyline Eagles. Each team came ready to play and fought well, but in the end it was the Miners who overcame their opponent for the win. At the end of four solid quarters, Park City defeated the Eagles 14 to 4.
“Skyline coaching staff did a great job in a short period of time adjusting to us,” stated Park City Head Coach Andy Langendorf. “They did a great job. They were super fun to play, exciting.”
“[Skyline] was smart,” Langendorf continued. “They brought a lot of intensity to the game. We almost fell into the trap of letting it turn emotional.”
The game began at a fairly controlled pace on both ends of the field, each team taking their time on offense. Park City was the first to score 3:29 in to the game as attackman Beau Pederson dodged from behind the cage to score unassisted. Play continued with both teams getting chances to score. By the end, Park City outscored the Eagles 4 to 1.
The Miners came out strong in the second, adding four more points in a row. The last of the run was scored by attackman Kolton Atkinson on a dip-and-dunk. Skyline attackman Bert Merrill broke the scoring run after the Eagles created some confusion behind the goal, giving Merrill an open lane. With under a minute in the half Park City added one more goal to their total. Atkinson successfully blocked a pass by the goalie on a clear, giving him a shot one-on-one, scoring his second point. At the end of the half, Park City held on to a 9-2 lead.
As the second half rolled out, it was clear the Skyline was not going to count themselves out. The Eagles stepped up their offensive game and it paid off. The Eagles scored twice in the quarter, including during a man-up situation. They kept the Miners to just one goal in the quarter.
In the final quarter both teams fought hard for each possession, pushing for every ground ball. Park City took back control of the game in the final quarter. While keeping Skyline scoreless, Park City put in four more goals. After defeating the Eagles 14-4, the Miners move on the the Boys UHSLL Class A Championship game.
In the championship game, the Miners are set to take on the Corner Canyon Chargers. Corner Canyon will have the home-field advantage. The two teams met previously this season with Park City coming out on top of a close 7-6 win.
Looking forward Saturday’s game, Langendorf continued. “I think Corner Canyon is going to be a great competitor for us. I honestly don’t feel like there is much difference between our two teams. They have a really athletic team and a great coaching staff. We have a really athletic team and a great coaching staff. Saturday night’s game is going to be wild. I am really looking forward to it.”

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