Thursday afternoon against Woods Cross, the Brighton Bengals were fighting the wind and missing all kinds of scoring chances. One goal was disallowed when the kicker bumped the goalkeeper, another shot hit the goalpost, and other tries were miskicked in the first half of a scoreless game. "That's happened to us a lot," Brighton Coach Tom Cushing said later. "We just tell the guys to be patient, and something good will happen for us."
Sure enough, the Bengals scored three goals in the opening five minutes of the second half and held on for a 3-0 win on the opening day of the 4A state soccer tournament at Hillcrest High.As the double-elimination tournament resumes Saturday, Brighton will meet Davis, a 3-1 winner over Hillcrest. Upset winners Mountain View and Clearfield play in the other winners' bracket game.
"We had our chances," said Kevin Rigby, the coach of four-time state champ Woods Cross. "It could have been a very high-scoring game - they missed chances, too."
Travis Oviatt finally opened Brighton's scoring when he was awarded a penalty kick and easily scored into the lower right corner. That was the same target for Jason Wickens and Oviatt, who scored less than a minute apart to give the Bengals command.
Not long after that, the strong wind changed directions. The Brighton offense stalled, but goalie Chris Kuhn completed his shutout.