When West Jordan faced Bingham in girls soccer Thursday it should have been a classic. The game pitted the Jaguars, unbeaten and ranked third in state, against the rival Miners, Region 3's second-place team, on Bingham's home field.
Unfortunately for the girls on both teams, however, Thursday's game never even made it to halftime. Due to a temper tantrum by a member of Bingham's coaching staff, the game was stopped and West Jordan was declared the victor with the Jags leading 1-0 late in the first half."It's unfortunate a game as important to these teams as this one had to end this way," said West Jordan coach Jim Jaramillo.
West Jordan led 1-0 after a rebound goal by senior midfielder Shana Ostler 20 minutes into the game.
Ten minutes later the Bingham coaching staff, already upset at the referee, appeared to have a legitimate gripe after no call was made when a West Jordan defender used a hand to help gain control of the ball in her own penalty box. The hand-ball penalty, if called, would have given Bingham a penalty kick which, in all likelihood, would have tied the score, 1-1.
Several minutes later, in a similar circumstance only at the other end of the field, a Bingham defender touched the ball with an arm in the Miner penalty box. This time the hand-ball call was made. Bingham coach Lao Salazar ran from the sideline near the middle of the field on a full sprint toward referee David Gaines. While pleading his case, the coach bumped the referee with his shoulder. After the skirmish, despite still having time remaining in the first half, Gaines declared the game a forfeit and gave the victory to West Jordan. The loss dropped Bingham to 7-3 and into a third-place tie in the region with Taylorsville.
"He was not doing a good job," Salazar said of the referee. "He missed the obvious hand ball on them, and then he calls us for an incidental hand ball. Everybody has limits, and I just couldn't hold it any more."
Meanwhile, the win gives upstart West Jordan a 10-0 record. The Jags finished only fourth in their region last season but are walking away with the league title this time around and figure to be a factor in next month's state tournament. West Jordan's defense has been particularly outstanding. Led by sweeper Bernie Hogan and goal keeper Angie Burton, the Jaguars have eight shutouts in 10 games.
"Our team has 10 seniors, seven who play a lot, so it helps us to have that experience," Jaramillo said. "We've been improving all year. I think we can compete well with teams from the other regions in the state tournament."
Elsewhere in the state:
Taylorsville 5, Cyprus 2
At Cyprus, Lara Hall and Julie Perkins scored two goals each and Jill Ames added one as the Warriors moved into a tie for third in the region. Taylorsville in now 7-3, while Cyprus fell to 4-6.
Hillcrest 6, Hunter 1
At Hunter, Lynette Dickerson had a hat trick with Jenn Scott, Erika Foerster and Betsy Williams netting one goal each. Hillcrest is now 8-2 in the region and in second place behind West Jordan. Hunter dropped 1-9.
Woods Cross 6, Judge Memorial 1
At Judge, Pam Franklin and Natalie Anderson scored two goals apiece to lead the top-ranked Wildcats over the No. 4 Bulldogs. Sara Lyon and Molly Mason also scored for Woods Cross, which is now 8-0 in league play. Judge dropped to 6-3.
Bountiful 5, West 0
At West, the Braves rebounded from a loss Tuesday to Judge, as Mellisa Wall scored two goals and three others netted one each. Fifth-ranked Bountiful is now 7-2 in the region and alone in second place.