The Brighton Bengals hosted the Copper Hills Grizzlies on Tuesday evening with both teams looking for their first win of the season. Both teams lost to two of the top teams in the league last week with Brighton losing to defending champions Park City by a score of 14-0 and Copper Hills falling to American Fork 19-2. Both teams were looking forward to this matchup to get a better sense of what their team looks like.
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Brighton started the game in dominating fashion as they scored the first six goals of the game; two goals each by Haley Taylor and Addison England as well as goals by Paige Sieverts and a goal by Hannah Gebaauer assisted by Morgan Harris. Copper Hills was finally able to get on the board with a goal by Payton Keller coming off a free position shot. Brighton scored another two goals, one by England and a goal by Grace Rappl to put the Bangles up by a score of 8-1 with less than 5 minutes left in the first half.
Just as the game was appearing to be a blow out, Copper Hills showed off some firepower of their own. Over the next four minutes, Copper Hills gave the Brighton defense all they could handle. Copper Hills began winning the draws and found ways to score. Keller scored her second goal of the game followed by a free position goal by Emily Hokanson. Elizabeth McDougal and Allie Reiser scored back to back fast break goals causing Brighton to call a time out to try to stop the bleeding. Following the timeout, Brighton was able to stop Copper Hills from scoring again before the half-time horn sounded.
With a half-time score of 8-5, Copper Hills had all the momentum and was longing for a comeback victory. The Brighton Bengals, however, had other plans. Brighton came out in the second half much like they did the first. Brighton scored four consecutive goals, two by Sieverts and one each by Rappl and Gebauer.
Then came the play of the night. A Copper Hills defender had the ball deep on her side of the field trying to clear it to her offense. Brighton’s Haley Taylor blocked the pass causing the ball to roll near the Copper Hills goalie. As the Copper Hills goalie attempted to pick up the ground ball, Taylor checked the ball loose and was not only able to pick up the ground ball, but she immediately found Addison England in front of goal for a beautiful assisted goal.
With the score now 13-5, Copper Hills continued to battle, but was not able to make another strong run. Keller scored her third goal of the night as well as a goal by Sarah Bailey. But Brighton answered with goals by Baylee Bruce, Siverts and Gebauer to make the final score 16-7.
Brighton had six different players scoring a goal or an assist led by Addison England and Paige Sieverts with four goals each as well as Haley Taylor with two goals and two assists. Goalie Alyssa Le had four saves on 11 shots on goal for a 36 percent save percentage.
Copper Hills was led by Payton Keller’s three goals. Sarah Bailey, Emily Hokanson , Elizabeth McDougal and Allie Reiser had one goal each. Goalie Savannah Larsen had eight saves on 24 shots on goal for a 33 percent save percentage.
The Brighton Bengals will hope to keep their winning streak alive as they travel to play first-year team Fremont on Thursday. Copper Hills will travel to Woods Cross on Thursday looking for their first win.