Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Brighton's Skyler Milne celebrates his third goal of the game. Brighton vs. Bingham high school boys' soccer, second round 5A tournament, Friday, May 18, 2012 in Sandy, Utah.
5A soccer: Skyler Milne’s hat trick puts Brighton in semis

Bengals show why they’re ranked No. 1 in 4-1 rout of Bingham.

First Published May 18 2012 08:32 pm • Last Updated May 19 2012 12:34 am

At 6-foot-4, Brighton’s Skyler Milne is used to playing heads and shoulders above the competition.

Milne might need his own cloud after a memorable three-goal performance from the Bengal senior lifted Brighton into the 5A soccer semifinals with a 4-1 win over Bingham on Friday.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

The win avenged Brighton’s only loss of the season — 1-0 to Bingham on March 13 — and sends the Bengals into a May 22 semifinal showdown with a Weber squad that turned back Lehi, 2-0.

After a scoreless 20 minutes, Bengal junior Mathew Coffey lofted a ball to Milne, who put it away with authority. Milne struck again with just less than five minutes until intermission when Taylor Fankhauser lofted a nearly identical ball.

"Once Mathew and Taylor started getting balls out wide, I knew they would come with a cross," said Milne. "I just told myself to get to the middle and go up and get it."

Brighton maintained the 2-0 lead into intermission, but Brighton coach Russ Boyer was determined his team wouldn’t play like they owned the lead.

"We talked about it at halftime and I told the guys to really treat this like it’s 0-0," said Boyer.

And the Bengals kept right on attacking. Andrew Campbell found Fankhauser open on the wing in the 66th minute, where Fankhauser banged his attempt just hard enough to get past Bingham goalkeeper Taran Meyer.

Fankhauser put a final imprint on the game with a corner kick with just less 15 minutes to play that Milne headed in for his third goal and second hat trick in two weeks.

"I thought we played about as good a team game as we have all year," said Boyer. "Our midfield distributed balls and our front line was very dangerous tonight."

story continues below
story continues below

Brighton moves to 16-1 on the year, while Bingham, which got a late goal from Parker Bengtzen, ends at 12-5-1.

Weber 2, Lehi 0 • Weber advanced to Tuesday’s 5A semifinals with a 2-0 win over Lehi. Warrior goalkeeper Joe Wheelwright notched his ninth shutout, and Weber used goals from Jaden Bybee and Tyler Murdock to end Lehi’s season. The Warriors take on Brighton in the semifinal Tuesday at 4:15 at Woods Cross.

Copper Hills 0, Riverton 0 (3-1, 2 SO) • Braden Burkett, Andrian Sanchez, and Alex Higueara found the net in a 3-1 shootout victory as Copper Hills advanced to the 5A semifinals for the first time in school history with the win over Riverton. The Grizzlies will face Davis Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Woods Cross.

Davis 1, Lone Peak 0 • Darts goalkeeper Mitch Jensen blocked two penalty kicks in stoppage time to secure the win after Colby Childs scored the game’s lone goal in the 80th minute.

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.