Boys soccer playoffs come to an end for the PCHS Miners in Vernal

VERNAL, Utah — Park City High’s boys varsity soccer team ended their season Friday, May 10, with a 3-1 loss to Uintah High School in Vernal.

This was the first round of the UHSAA spring soccer post season, a playoff tournament Park City was on the brink of getting a berth in, until late-season, statewide school losses boosted the team’s points on paper.

Miners in the locker room in Vernal, pre-game. Photo: Roepke Family // TownLift

Senior, forward Porter Connolly, continued his standout year on the Miners squad. Prior to high school, one of the teams he played on was with the Park City Soccer Club (PCSC).

Uintah scored first in the 18th minute, then the equalizer came in the 38th minute from Park City Junior Forward, Nicolas Janssen, whose mom volunteers as the team photographer. He dribbled past two different opponents and shot the goal from approximately 20 feet out.





Game play in Vernal. (Photo: Roepke Family // TownLift)

“An unfortunate end to the season, but everyone on the team fought hard and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Janssen told TownLift. He also used to play for the PCSC.

Starting lineup, pre game in Vernal. (Photo: Roepke Family // TownLift)

The Miners as a whole were given more yellow cards by this game’s referee, which resulted in one red card, in this one game than the team got cumulatively all season.

City Soccer at Uintah. (Photo: Roepke Family // TownLift)

Although he didn’t make the three-hour journey to Vernal for this particular game, the Miners welcomed an addition to the coaching staff this year. Focusing on freshmen, the man who goes by the name ‘Senior’ also joined the school staff as a hall monitor.

Senior is originally from Congo, and among the multi-lingual conversations he holds, he’s a regular fixture popping into the French classes on campus. It’s not unusual for him to be handing out authentic French pastries, made by his mom, and teaching the students about Congolese cuisine. His father was a high-ranking member of the government back in Congo. On the field, however, is where Senior really shines as he is a retired player from the Men’s National Team of Congo. 

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