HERRIMAN, Utah. — The perfect season was not meant to be as the Park City Lady Miners lost to the Olympus Titans in a heated battle 10-9 in the state championship.
While the Miners appeared to be running away with the game early on as they built a strong 5-1 lead, Olympus stormed back over the final 12 minutes of the first half with five unanswered goals. The Titans cleaned up their play around their net and suffocated the Miners which led to dominant possession through the end of the first. By the half, Olympus led 6-5 and had scored more goals in a half than the Miners had allowed in the three previous playoff games combined.
Into the second half of play, the Miners retook the lead after two goals scored on repositions near the net. However, Olympus would answer right back with two goals of their own on repositions as the intensity picked up and the defenses started to make more mistakes.
Over the course of the next five minutes, Olympus continued to apply the pressure as they simply possessed the ball and waited for the best scoring opportunity to arise. Not only did they score, but they effectively melted five minutes off the clock and led 9-7 with 12:51 to go in the second.
After Olympus attempted to again possess and find the right scoring chance, Park City created a turnover and cut the deficit in half with 8:40 left in the game. Just a minute later, the Miners evened things up after a reposition and a goal from Lilly Hunt just outside the crease.
With approximately six minutes however, Park City would take a penalty and play a man-down for the remainder of the game. This proved to be costly as Olympus took full advantage and scored with just 1:55 remaining to take the lead.
Ultimately, the Miners were unable to overcome the man-advantage as the Titans simply ran out the clock and upset Park City 10-9. Unfortunately, this would be the Miners only loss as they finished the season 17-1.