The Park City girls lacrosse team had only lost 3 games this year. One of those losses came back on March 13, a 13-7 loss to the Jordan Beetdiggers. Park City knew if they wanted to make it to the state championship game, they would have to put together a better game than the one early in the season.
The game started out with both teams getting quality possessions and quality shots, but Jordan Goalie Sasha McKee and Park City Goalie Ashley Peabody came up with big saves. Park City finally broke through with the game’s first score on a Sierra Schlag goal at the 20:45 mark. Jordan quickly answered back with a goal by Haley Twede on a free position. Park City scored next on a goal by Alex Miele assisted by Sam Meyer, but Jordan once again answered with a free position goal by Chersten Ostler and a transition goal by Hannah Rodgers assisted by Sarah Anderson to take a 3-2 lead.
After a pair of Park City goals, including a goal by Katy Miele assisted by her sister Alex Miele, a pair of Jordan goals and one more Park City goal, the game was all tied up at 5 with five minutes to play in the half. Neither team was able to gain more than a one goal lead until Jordan’s Haley Tweed and Sarah Anderson scored on back to back possessions to give Jordan a 7-5 lead with 1 minute left in the first half. Park City would answer with a Katy Miele free position goal with 15 seconds left to send the game to halftime with Jordan up 7-6. Jordan dominated the draw in the first half winning the first 6 draw controls, and 8 of the first 9, but costly turnovers gave Park City an opportunity to stay in the game.
Park City came out on fire in the second half scoring the first four goals by four different players to take a 10-7 lead. Jordan still had some fight in them as Ostler scored back to back goals to bring Jordan back within one goal with 9:30 to play. Park City’s McKenna Tychsen broke Jordan’s momentum with a goal at the 7:00 mark to put Park City up 11-9. On the following possession, Jordan would put on a relentless attack but just could not find the back of the net. Park City finally regained possession after Jordan’s Hayley Erickson took a hard shot that nailed the top pipe and sailed back to the field of play. Park City’s Alex Miele and Maddie Haynes scored two more Park City goals that put the game out of reach and sealed their victory. Jordan’s Sarah Anderson scored one last goal with 1:27 left to complete the scoring. The Park City Miners will be moving on to the championship game with a 13-10 victory over the Jordan Beetdiggers.
“It was a team victory, everyone worked together as a team,” said Park City Head Coach Amy Hafetts. “At half time they said ‘we want this’ and it showed with their hustle and heart.”
Park City had a balanced attack with 6 different girls scoring goals. Alex Miele had 3 goals and an assist, Katy Miele had 3 goals, Maddie Haynes also had 3 goals, McKenna Tychsen had 2 goals and an assist, Haley Adelman had a goal and an assist, and Sierra Schlag had a goal. Caitlin Jarratt and Sam Meyer also contributed with one assist a piece. Jordan’s attack was let by Sarah Anderson with 4 goals and an assist, Chersten Ostler with 3 goals, Haley Twede with 2 goals and an assist, and Hannah Rodgers with a goal.
Park City will face the Bingham Miners on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00pm at Brighton High School to decide the 2012 Girls D-I State Championship.
Photo courtesy of Ray Johnson
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