Park City's Julian Martinez wasn't surprised his two-time defending champion Miners were forced into overtime in Thursday's 3A state semifinals.
"Every game I expect it to be like this," he said after Park City's 1-0 victory over Snow Canyon. "Everyone wants to dethrone us."Now only Cedar City stands in the way of a third straight title. The Redmen, thanks to a goal by Spencer Beck, advanced to the finals with a 1-0 victory over Morgan.
"Hopefully, we can pull it off," said Park City junior Robbie Thimm, who scored the game's lone goal with 4:17 remaining in the first overtime session. "We have a real young team."
The Miners, who graduated six seniors, also entered the current campaign with a new head coach.
"I'm quite pleased just to get here - to the final game," said Martinez.
Credit goalkeeper Sean Tolpinrud for making the arrangements.
"He was blocking shots I've never seen anyone block before," said Snow Canyon coach Warren Brooks. "You've got to give him credit. He did a fantastic job."
In the midst of recording of his shutout performance, the Park City junior withstood a flurry of Snow Canyon shots in the closing minutes of regulation.
"He was huge," said Martinez.
The Miners, however, did have to dodge a bullet in coming up big. A Snow Canyon goal midway through the second half was disallowed by officials who ruled the indirect kick as untouched.
Park City will meet Cedar City for the 3A championship today, 3 p.m., at Woods Cross High School.