South Jordan • Talk about a team on the rebound.
Bingham scored two goals off saved shots Friday to top Lehi 2-1 in a Region 4 clash and resurrect a season that started with promise, but fell off in recent weeks.
BIngham 2, Lehi 1Bingham gets an 80th-minute goal from Mason Bentley to beat Lehi.
» Junior Patrick Fuchs scores Lehi’s lone goal in the 27th minute on a free kick from the edge of the field that nailed the side post and clanks in.
» After opening the season 8-0, the Pioneers have lost two of their past three in Region 4.
The Miners (8-2-1) got the go-ahead goal in added time in the second half, when junior reserve Mason Bentley headed in a goal after Marcus Brown’s free kick ricocheted off the crossbar.
"I think I was just in the right place at the right time," Bentley said. "I saw it bounce off, there weren’t very many people around me, just got a head on it and made sure it was on frame."
The play was the result of a controversial call that awarded the Miners a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. On the previous play, Lehi goalkeeper Taylor Watkins was called for holding the ball outside of the box before a dropkick.
Watkins was livid, and Lehi coach Jerry Preisendorf was incredulous.
"I just don’t know the interpretation of the rule according to [the referee]," Preisendorf said.
Watkins argued that he tossed the ball forward while in the box and kicked it after stepping beyond the box, which would be legal.
"I couldn’t see it," Bingham coach Matthew Kennaley said, "but we have to rely and trust what the side judges see and what the ref calls. Some days it’s yours and some days it’s not."
Bingham tied the game moments before halftime when Mitch Doman also rebounded a saved free kick. Watkins made a diving save that drew him outside of the frame, but couldn’t corral the shot, giving Doman a clean look.
The win was critical for the Miners, who play at Region 3-leading Lone Peak (9-2-0) on Wednesday. Bingham started the season with victories over Class 5A stalwarts Alta and Brighton — now ranked No. 1 — but fell off with a loss to Murray and a perplexing draw with Riverton.
"This game’s huge, with where we’ve been," Doman said. "We haven’t been playing that quality of soccer, we played well today. We just have to come out our next few games and get a couple wins."
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