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Park City Tames Grizzlies

Park City Midfielder Christian Pompoco
Park City Midfielder Christian Pompoco

The Park City Miners took on the Copper Hills Grizzlies on Thursday in West Jordan in a cross-conference game with playoff seeds on the line. In a back and forth game, the Miners were able to hold off a late run by the Grizzlies for the 12-11 win. Both teams joined at midfield before the game in a moment of silence for Matt Jungemann.
The Grizzlies scored first when Jake Christensen found the back of the net. Park City answered on their next possession on a goal by Kolton Atkinson. Two minutes later the Grizzlies stuck again when Christensen found Jacob Willden giving the Grizzlies a 2-1 lead that they would keep for 7 minutes until Dace Preston scored for Copper Hills with 11 seconds left in the first quarter, making the score 3-1 for the Grizzlies.
The second quarter was back and forth with Park City scoring, then Copper Hills, the Park City, then Copper Hills. Neither team was able to steal all the momentum. Several penalties on both teams gave each team a chance to score with numerous man-up opportunities. Park City was able to score with 19 seconds left in the half to tie the game at 5 heading into halftime.

Park City Midfielder Christian Pompoco
Park City Midfielder Christian Pompoco
Park City took their first lead of the game in the third quarter when Atkinson scored for the Miners. Copper Hills then went on a 4 goal run, taking a 9-6 lead, their biggest lead of the game. The Grizzlies looked to put the game away with several good looks but the Park City defense held strong. The key moment of the game was when Park City Midfielder Christian Pompoco scored 3 goals in a minute, tying the game at 9 heading into the fourth quarter.
Park City was able to use their momentum from Pompoco and take a 12-9 lead with 4:49 left in the game. The Grizzlies weren’t finished however when Keaton Stephens and Sam Taylor scored for the Grizzlies. With 2 minutes remaining, the Grizzly faithful remained hopeful but the Park City offense was able to stall and close out the game.
“Both teams struggled with penalties,” said Park City Head Coach Andy Langendorf. “Lacrosse is a game of momentum and you saw that today. They had the game in hand but we were able to get the momentum.”
In total there were 24 penalties between the teams. Pompoco led the Miners with 4 goals and an assist while Taylor led the Grizzlies with 3 goals.
Both teams will play next Tuesday when Park City hosts Bonneville and Copper Hills takes on Alta.

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