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Bengals Avoid Upset, Beat Skyline in Overtime

Brighton BengalsThe Skyline Eagles played host to the Brighton Bengals in a big North conference matchup on Tuesday. There was a lot at stake in this game for both teams. Both teams, battling for playoff spots; Skyline, trying to build off their win against Judge and improve to 3-0 in conference. Brighton, right off of spring break, fighting to improve to 3-0 in conference, and tie the record for most wins in program history. Brighton came out on top in this overtime thriller, 15-12.
Skyline was able to control the first draw and they transitioned the ball right down the field but was intercepted on an inside feed attempt. Brighton passed the ball up the field and Bengal Tiffiny Wallace was able to capitalize and put Brighton up by one.
Skyline’s Madeline Osterloh was able to win the draw a second time and strike back for the Eagles to tie the game at one. Brighton seemed to turn on the jets and was able to go up by three points on goals by Amy Johnston, Nici Boutwell and Tiffiny Wallace. The Eagles fought hard and were able to get one back on a nice goal by Annie Stevens. Her goal would bring the Eagles within two. The Bengals turned it up again with three more goals before Skyline would pull one back on a free position goal by Osterloh. Eagle teammate, Annie Stevens would add another. The two teams traded one more goal apiece and went into the half with Brighton up 8-5.
The second half started with Skyline scoring first on a goal by Stevens. The Bengals responded with two goals by Nici Boutwell. Both teams traded goals to bring the score 11-7. Skyline’s intensity seemed to raise two notches when they were able to score four unanswered points in 6 minutes to tie the game at 11. Both teams fought hard but Skyline’s defense was able to force a much needed turnover and took their first lead of the game with only 1:52 left in the game. Brighton battled on the draw and was able to gain possession. Wallace was able to tie the game up on a nice crease roll at the 1:25 mark.
With the game tied at 12, the next draw was crucial for both teams. Brighton was able to come up with it and played for the final shot. Skyline goalie, Charlotte Romney, came up big with a save in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Skyline was pumped and poised for the upset in overtime but Brighton was determined to spoil the upset-minded Eagles. The beginning half of overtime saw Brighton control all three draws and score twice. With the Bengals up two goals, the second overtime half started. Brighton controlled the ensuing draw and Wallace added what would be the last goal of the game. The Bengals controlled the next draw and killed the clock on a nice stall to seal the win 15-12.
“I thought we played alright, all things considered,” said Brighton Head Coach Kendra Francis. “This was our first game back from spring break and I’m really happy to leave here with a win over a good Skyline team.”
Brighton was lead by Sophomore Tiffiny Wallace and Freshman Nici Boutwell with four goals each. Skyline was lead by Junior Madeline Osterloh with six goals. Charlotte Romney had 3 saves for the Eagles while Taylor Hekking had 4 saves for the Bengals.
Brighton will host Judge on Thursday while Skyline will hope to rebound against Jordan on Friday.

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