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Bengals, Miners tie in icy weather

SOUTH JORDAN — Under normal circumstances, Brighton's Chris Amundsen might've been in a bad mood after missing a penalty kick that could've won the game.

On Tuesday though, he was too cold to care.

In blustery weather conditions that plagued soccer games around the state, the Bengals battled to a 0-0 tie with region nemesis Bingham.

"Under the circumstances, I wasn't really concerned about the win, loss or tie," said Brighton coach Russ Boyer. "It was a wash. The whole game was unique. I've never been a part of a game like this in high school."

As if the rust that accompanies a season opener isn't enough to overcome, the teams battled through gusting winds, frozen rain intermixed with the occasional light snow.

Harsh elements aside, the teams played a thrilling soccer game that featured three shots off the frame, nine yellow cards and one red card. All in a day's work in Region 2, the state's elite soccer region.

"We have a long way to go, but the kids have a good desire," said Bingham coach Lynn DeMille.

The Miners dictated much of the game's flow in the first half, thanks in large part to a strong wind at their backs. That luxury aided the Bengals in the second half, when they had plenty of chances to break the scoreless drought.

During one stretch Brighton even had four straight corner kicks and still couldn't get one past Bingham goalie T.J. Hendricksen.

"Tactically and technically, obviously there's a lot of things we need to work on," said Boyer. "It's the first game, and in these types of conditions it's hard to even see what you need to work on."

The Bengals might be working on penalty kicks a little in the coming weeks.

When Brighton's Leo Sagebin was awarded a penalty kick after being tackled in the box in the 60th minute, probably every brave fan crazy enough to sit through the freezing temperatures figured a goal was a foregone conclusion.

Amundsen, the 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year in Utah, took the penalty kick but struck it very poorly to his right — an easy save for Hendricksen.

After 80 minutes of regulation and 20 more minutes of overtime, the teams were delighted to end the game. Regardless of the outcome, the players were just happy they could finally start to thaw out.

In other games Tuesday:

REGION 1

WEBER 2, CLEARFIELD 1 (OT):Brad Garner's golden goal in overtime lifted the Warriors to a region-opening win against the Falcons.

VIEWMONT 5, NORTHRIDGE 0: The Vikings improved to 2-1 overall thanks to three goals by Justin Godfrey. Teammates Alex Neve and Jaden Evans also scored for Viewmont. Bryan Black also contributed with a shutout in the net.

LAYTON 4, DAVIS 0:Shane Stratford, Kyle Christensen, Cameron Strickland and Scott Whitesides all scored, while Zach Petersen earned his third shutout of the year for the Lancers, who have yet to surrender a goal.

REGION 2

WEST JORDAN 4, COPPER HILLS 2: Despite the bad weather West Jordan earned its first Region 2 win of the year. Sean Rogers led the Jaguars with two goals and teammates Jarom Brockbank and Jordan Sefcovic each added another as West Jordan handed Copper Hills its first loss of the season.

ALTA 4, HILLCREST 3 (2OT): Tyler Carter's tally on an assist from Mike Ochoa in the second overtime lifted the Hawks to a thrilling win over the Huskies in the region opener. Mike Ericson scored two goals for Alta, while Ryan Reese added two for Hillcrest.

JORDAN 3, RIVERTON 0: The 5A defending champs opened the season with a nice shutout victory.

REGION 5

BOUNTIFUL 0, WEST 0 (2OT): The Braves and Panthers battled to a nil-nil tie to open the region five season.

EAST 5, CYPRUS 1:Justin Solomon and John Pearson tallied two goals each to lead the Leopards past an improved Pirates team.

MURRAY 3, WOODS CROSS 1:Joe Cheney played a solid game in goal to lead the Spartans, who scored all three goals in the second half. Dustin Gramoll tallied the Wildcats' lone goal.

HIGHLAND 3, OLYMPUS 0: Highland surprised Olympus with three goals in the second half to earn the Region 5 win. The Rams' goals were scored by Ben Edgar and Peter Awan (2). Chris Ruelas posted the shutout for Highland.

REGION 17

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 2, ICS 0:John Merrigan and Cody Thompson both found the net in leading Christian Heritage to the shutout victory. Shaun Sandman earned the shutout in goal.

WEST RIDGE ACADEMY 10, DESERET ACADEMY 0: West Ridge cleaned house on Deseret Academy as six players scored goals. Goal keepers' Brian Wimmer and Jason Silva were responsible for the shutout in the net.

NONREGION

OREM 1, SPANISH FORK 0:Marshall Walker's first-half goal stood up as the Tigers earned a shutout against the Dons.

SKYLINE 3, JUDGE MEMORIAL 1: Skyline secured its first win of the year as Jordan Haycock, Clayton Platt and Justin Braun. Tim Brennan scored the Bulldogs' lone goal.

SPRINGVILLE 3, BOX ELDER 2:Andy Frazier scored twice and Trevor Day added another to give Springville its first win of the year.

ROY 2, PARK CITY 1: Roy posted 32 shots and got goals from Matt Maylin and Jess Patterson to earn its first victory of the year. The lone score for Park City came off the foot of Ryan Hart. The Royals are now 1-0-1 and the Miners are 0-2-1.

MOUNTAIN CREST 3, MORGAN 1:Adam Miller, Mark Davidson and Solomon Smith all scored in leading the Mustangs to their second victory of the year.

LOGAN 2, COTTONWOOD 1:Elijah Angel and Edgar Vazquez both scored to lead the Grizzlies to a road victory over the Colts.

JUAN DIEGO 3, TIMPVIEW 1:Sabian Castilla recorded two goals while Mike Buchman added another in leading the Soaring Eagles to an impressive win over the T-Birds.

PROVO 2, LEHI 1: The Bulldog duo of Eduardo Rodriquez and Eric Castillo each scored a goal as Provo earned its first win of the year. The loss dropped Lehi to 2-2 on the season.

WATERFORD 8, DIXIE 3: Waterford blasted Dixie to earn its first win of the year. Waterford had five players score goals in the win, including four by Austin Bingham. Alex Snyder, Eric Nilsson and Korby Niled scored goals for Dixie respectively.

SOUTH SUMMIT 1, UNION 0: South Summit pulled out the win thanks to a goal by Chris Roper. Dusty Walkenhorst worked the shutout in the net for South Summit.

BONNEVILLE 3, OGDEN 1: After jumping out to a 1-0 lead at the half, Ogden's defense went to sleep and allowed three Bonneville scores. Collin Orton scored the only goal for the Tigers.


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