Things were pretty even for a half between Region 3 rivals Brighton and Jordan during their boys' soccer game Tuesday.
Then the teams switched sides after the intermission, and that made all the difference in host Brighton's 3-1 victory.
Switching sides meant that a strong wind from the north was at the backs of the Bengals. The wind particularly seemed to benefit Brighton senior forward Matt Coffey, whose frequent rushes into the Jordan backfield eventually paid off.
"I thought we had a solid performance, created a lot of chances offensively," said Brighton coach Russ Boyer, whose team moved to 8-0, including 2-0 in Region 3. "I thought we had control in the first half as well, but we created more chances in the second half."
Coffey raced toward the Beetdiggers' goal and made a deft pass to forward Ben Perkins about 14 minutes into the second half. The ensuing close-range goal gave the Bengals a 2-1 lead.
"That was a pretty typical game for him," Boyer said about Coffey's forays into the defensive end.
An insurance goal came in the 64th minute when Perkins, with his back to the goal, nudged the ball behind him to open teammate Seth Fankhauser, who then shot past Jordan keeper Brandon Arnold for the last tally of the game.
The contest began with a quick goal from Brighton when nearly everyone anticipated the wind to have more of an effect on a high lob off the foot of Coffey toward the Beetdiggers' goal.
Less than three minutes in, the ball stubbornly fought its way through the air while the players, including Arnold, moved forward from the net. When Arnold got tangled up, fell and couldn't get back up in time, an initial deflection sent the ball to wide-open Zach Bernardo, and he cleanly registered the goal.
Jordan (3-3, 1-2) knotted the game at the end of the first half. Jordan senior Michael Neddo sent a ball toward the goal that Brighton keeper Kolton Savage mishandled and it rolled past him with 3 minutes, 15 seconds remaining before intermission.
The Beetdiggers actually outshot Brighton 6-5 before halftime but were held to only one over the first 30 minutes of the second half.
"We just ran out of gas. We didn't have the depth that they do," Jordan coach Milenko Novakovich said. "The other thing is they got that wind in the second half."
Brighton 3, Jordan 1
O The Bengals remained perfect this season by pulling away from a 1-1 tie at halftime.