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Bengals take shots, but Silverwolves win

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Riverton goalkeeper Terri Huntinton makes a save in front of Brighton's Abbie Knox (24) during Thursday's match at Cottonwood Heights Elementary School.

Riverton goalkeeper Terri Huntinton makes a save in front of Brighton’s Abbie Knox (24) during Thursday’s match at Cottonwood Heights Elementary School.

Michael Brandy, Deseret Morning News

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — If there were one word to describe Riverton's 2-1 win over Brighton on Thursday afternoon, it is opportunistic. The Silverwolves took advantage of their few scoring opportunities and held off a Bengal comeback attempt.

"I thought it was a gutsy performance," said Riverton coach Paul Moizer. "They made the plays when they had to make plays."

The plays that Riverton made came in the form of two late first-half goals, and several nice defensive plays and stops by the keeper.

For most of the game, it was Brighton that maintained possession, controlled the attack and created more scoring opportunities. It held the ball in Riverton's end for long periods of time, firing shot after shot, but sometimes in soccer, it is better to have a limited number of chances and capitalize on them than it is to control the game.

That was what Riverton did when in the 37th minute, Amber Hunt took a free kick from about 35 yards. The ball curled perfectly toward the back corner, and the Brighton keeper was only able to get a hand on it but not deflect it away.

With the Bengals still reeling, freshman Shelby Ostler made what turned out to be the play of the game. She stole the ball from the last Brighton defender and raced in on the goalie. From the edge of the penalty box on the left side, she fired in a shot to the back post for the 40th-minute goal and 2-0 advantage.

"Shelby is a future star," said Moizer. "Give her a couple of years and she will be great."

Though Brighton probably had possession 75 percent of the time, and outshot the Silverwolves 9-3, it had nothing to show for it.

"I thought that Brighton outplayed us in the first half and we were up 2-0. Go figure," Moizer added.

With the lead, Riverton was content to sit back and defend. That meant that goalkeeper Terri Huntington saw plenty of action. She was up to the task as she made 13 second-half saves.

"She played about half of the year at varsity last year," Moizer said. "She came back this year a little taller and with a lot more confidence. She played well for us."

Along with her goal, Hunt played well at her sweeper position. She properly cut down the angles on through balls, and made several clearances on crossing balls.

"She saved us numerous times," said Moizer of his team captain. "She is the team leader and kind of brings it all together for us in the back. She never gets flustered and is such a calming influence back there. I think it really helps to have a sweeper like that."

Riverton is off to a 2-0 start with the win, and the recent realignment has the Silverwolves thinking bigger things.

"It will be nice to compete with the teams in our region," Moizer said. "I think we are all kind of in the same boat of trying to build our programs, and it gives us a chance to think of winning a region title."

In other prep games Thursday:


HIGHLAND 2, SNOW CANYON 0: At the 16-minute mark, Hadley Stocking scored on an assist from Britt Edmand.

JUAN DIEGO 1, PINE VIEW 0: Lindsey Padjen scored the lone goal of the game as Jenna Speare earned the shutout in the Soaring Eagle's opening matchup against the Panthers.

WASATCH 4, PLEASANT GROVE 0: Amber Ford assisted on both of Kimberly Parker's goals. Kaylee Collins and Tera Gehring both had one goal each, while goalkeeper Becca Knapp held the Vikings to a shutout.

JORDAN 10, HUNTER 0: Katie Chirstensen, Aubrey Ziting, and Paige Collett each led Jordan with two goals each. Amber Nordhagen, Kelsey McLachlan, Brenna Freeston and Lori Lefezre had one goal. Kirsten Sauer and Mikala Ray worked the net to keep the Wolverines scoreless.

BOX ELDER 3, CLEARFIELD 2: Jessica Williams had one assist and one goal as the Bees handed the Falcons their first loss of the season.

COTTONWOOD 2, KEARNS 0: Canada Clawson scored her third goal of the season and Caity Smith added another goal as the Colts edged the Cougars. Alyssa Moreno earned the shutout.

AMERICAN FORK 4, HURRICANE 1: Kaycee Mansfield scored twice and Marissa Bradshaw and Lindsay Voorheis each added goals as the Cavemen scored three goals in the second half to break a 1-1 tie. Karima Goodwin scored the Tigers' lone goal.

BEAR RIVER 6, UINTAH 0: Jami Daniels recorded a hat-trick and Jackie Fuller scored a goal and assisted on two goals as the Bears downed the Utes in a nonregion match. Kelli Garrett and Kimber Saville each scored goals and Whitney Shaffer earned the shutout for the Bears.

COPPER HILLS 5, SOUTH SUMMIT 1: Rachel Sandstrom scored twice and Brittany Jake, Shahnaz Miranda and Kyrsten Wingert each chipped in with goals as the Grizzlies scored four goals in the second half to down the Wildcats.

HILLCREST 10, WEST JORDAN 1: Rebecca Riddle scored five goals and Briana Bush also picked up a hat-trick as the Huskies cruised past the Jaguars in a nonregion match. Nicole Lynch also scored two goals for the Huskies.

LAYTON 2, BINGHAM 0: Layton's defense held the Miners' star forwards in check. The offense was led Sherre Rasmussen and Carly Braithwaite

TIMPANOGOS 3, OLYMPUS 1: Stacey Bartholomew picked up a hat trick to lead the Timberwolves past the Titans. Sara Swensen scored the lone goal for the Titans in the loss.

JUDGE MEMORIAL 2, TIMPVIEW 1: Erica Samlowski started the season with four goals in two games, as the Bulldogs downed the Thunderbirds.

DIXIE 6, PAYSON 0: The Flyers' ball control and defense was no match for the Lions. Savannah Lawrence scored the first and last goals of the match, McCall Rynerason found the net three times and Kylee McCarther also added a goal.


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