South Jordan • The boys’ soccer teams from Brighton and Bingham could not have played each other any closer. With less than one minute remaining in the second overtime Tuesday, neither squad had mustered a goal. It appeared that the match was destined to finish in a draw.
With time running out, the Miners had one last chance steal the game. They put their fate behind the right foot of senior midfielder Marcus Brown on a free kick. Brown set up from the left side of the goal, about 25 yards away. He approached the ball and let it fly. It sailed toward the top of the net and sneaked in under the crossbar and just above the outstretched fingers of Brighton’s goalkeeper. Match to the Miners, 1-0.
"Right when I hit it, it felt good. I knew it was in," Brown said. "That was one of the best feelings I’ve ever felt."
Bingham coach Matthew Kennaley said getting a victory over a team of Brighton’s caliber early in the season is huge for the Miners.
"That is the kind of win we’ve been looking for. For four or five years, we have come close, but we haven’t gotten a win like that," Kennaley said. "We have had opportunities before, but today we finally took the opportunity."
Brighton had more chances to score than Bingham did. The Bengals had a few shots on goals that just missed, including one three minutes into the first overtime that clanked off of the right goalpost. In the end, though, it was Bingham that made the best of its chances.
While it’s easy to focus solely on Brown’s game-winning goal, the play of Bingham goalkeeper Taran Meyer cannot be overlooked. Meyer came up with a few big-time saves on the way to his third straight shutout this season.
The Miners have another tough test against Alta next week. Brown said they are looking forward to that match, and the rest of the season.
"Brighton has been on top in Utah for a while," Brown said. "Getting this win gives us confidence that we can beat anybody."
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