The top-ranked Brighton Bengal girls soccer team had its toughest region challenge of the year Thursday afternoon against previously unbeaten Alta, but they proved to be up to it.
After a scoreless first half, Brighton midfielder Stephanie Jones took a pass from Leanne Johnson and sent the ball past Alta goalie Andrea Russell for the game's lone goal in the second half. The Bengals, who are ranked No. 8 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, dominated as far as shot attempts, taking 15 to the Hawks' two. Russell and the Alta defense limited Brighton to just the one goal, however.Brighton is now 6-0-1 overall and 5-0 in region play with the tie coming against Woods Cross, the top ranked team in 3A. Alta falls to 4-1 in the region and 5-1 overall.
Elsewhere in the state:
Skyline 4, Olympus 1
At Skyline, Cathy Gardner broke open a match that was tied 1-1 at the intermission, leading Skyline past Olympus. Gardner, a junior forward, scored three goals, enough to down the Titans. Goalie Camille Thomas contributed to the win by stifling the Titan's second-half attack with textbook saves.
West Jordan 2, Cyprus 0
At West Jordan, the fourth-ranked Jaguars remained unbeaten with the victory over the Pirates. Shana Oslter scored the first goal on an assist by Becky Hogan, with Hogan adding the insurance score. It was goalkeeper Angie Burton's fifth shutout of the year in seven games. Andrea Dzierzon had an outstanding defensive game for West Jordan. Cyprus is now 2-4.
Taylorsville 5, Kearns 0
At Kearns, Julie Perkins and Michelle Windburn combined to score all five Warrior goals and down Kearns. Defensively, another duo worked to batter the Cougars. Sweeper Erika Birch and goaltender Rebekah Patterson were both outstanding, working in tandem to preserve the shutout.
Hillcrest 10, Bingham 0
At Hillcrest, the Huskies shut out Bingham to improve their record to 5-1. Hillcrest was led offensively by Lynette Dickerson who scored four goals. Jennifer Scott and Sara Bates added two more apiece.
Defensively, goalkeeper Brandea Paulk was credited with the shutout.
Bountiful 8, Murray 0
At Bountiful, the Braves were sparked by sophomores Carie Allen and Corny Gubler who each scored three goals each while three goalies teamed up for the shutout. The win improved the Braves' record to 5-0 and set up a battle for the region lead with undefeated Woods Cross on Tuesday. With the loss, Murray fell to 2-3 on the season.
West 7, Granite 0
At West, the Panthers picked up their first victory of the year with a 7-0 trouncing of winless Granite. Shannon Jones, Marcy Hodson and Mary Edwards each scored two goals to pace West.
Woods Cross 4, Jordan 2
At Woods Cross, Natalie Anderson led the Wildcats past the Beetdiggers with two goals. Unbeaten Woods Cross seemed to have command of the match at the half leading 2-0. Jordan, however, was able to score two second-half goals but was never closer than 3-2. With the win, Woods Cross remained unbeaten at 7-0-1 and set up a first-place showdown with unbeaten Bountiful on Tuesday. Jordan fell to 2-3 in the region.