WEST JORDAN — Brighton went on the road to tangle with Copper Hills Tuesday in girls prep soccer action, and in a game that was much closer than the score indicates, the Bengals earned a much-needed 3-1 victory.
The Bengals jumped to an early lead when Ashley Christensen scored off of a corner kick in the first few minutes of the game. However, the lead didn't last very long when the Grizzlies took the ball from a Bengal defender, then sliced through two more Bengal defenders and slipped a shot past the Brighton keeper, tying the game 1-1.
A short time later the ref called a foul on a Brighton defender right on the edge of the 18, which resulted in a penalty kick for the Grizzlies. The shot, however, sailed wide.
The rest of the first half was back and forth with both teams playing physical soccer. The Bengals had the better chances to score with at least two shots clanking off the post and crossbar.
They finally cashed in on one of those chances right before half when Christensen volleyed home another goal — her second of the game — making the score 2-1 Brighton at the half.
The score remained the same in the physical second half until the Bengals crossed a ball into the box, where a shot volleyed off of the crossbar. Janessa Garcia recovered her original shot and put the rebound in for the goal to give the Bengals the 3-1 lead.