After a tough battle last week against Corner Canyon, Brighton hosted cross-town rival, Bingham, and continued to show why they are ranked No. 1 in the ULN Coaches Poll.
It was appropriate on Senior Night that 10 seniors would take the field. Caleb Van Mondfrans took the opening face off and Brighton quickly got on the board when midfielder, Bryson Bentz, found a streaking Ben Bunker in front of the goal. Moments later, Blake Yates found Bunker again dicing his way through defenders for a quick snatch and shot for an easy score. Brighton led 2-0 to end the first quarter.
To open the second quarter, junior face off specialist, Bubba Nielsen, won the draw and flipped it to Carter Budge who found Karson McMillin on the wing. McMillin passed a laser to junior attackman, Josh Nydegger, who ripped a bounce shot from downtown to take a 3-0 lead. Yates would add a goal of his own a minute later on a nice face dodge near the crease. At the ten-minute mark, Bingham would get their first goal of the game on a wrap-around by Logan Tew. Two more goals were added quickly by midfielders, Kaden Hale and Ty Armstrong, to even the score at 3-3.
Closing out the second quarter, Brighton’s junior LSM, MJ Cirillo, went coast to coast and found the back of the net followed by a roll dodge and dip over the goalie’s shoulder by Kyler Kehl to take a commanding 6-3 lead. Just before halftime, Brighton defender, Brayden Kenny, caused a turnover and Brighton quickly called timeout. Out of the timeout, McMillin found Blake Yates for his second goal of the game and a 7-3 lead at the half.
During halftime, Brighton honored its seniors: Brayden Kenny (C), Cole Felis (C), Cole Moore (C), Canyon Curtis (C), Ben Bunker (C) ,Schafer Dyer, Cael Child, Bryson Bentz, Kenyon Bentz, Sam Koncar, Jyson Lloyd, Jaxon Johnson, Brayden Nance and Caleb Van Mondfrans.
To start the third, Bingham’s Austin Coles found midfielder, Devin Nguyen, for a sweet score in front of the goal to make it 7-4. But Brighton’s defense found their rhythm in the third quarter and put pressure on the ball and forced several turnovers. Senior captain, Brayden Kenny led the team with five caused turnovers and teammates Cole Felis, Mj Cirillo, Scott Cook and Cole Moore scooped up several GBs and pushed the ball up field creating several transition goals for the Brighton offense. Goalies Canyon Curtis and Garrett Lazaro added six saves on the night to stifle Bingham’s offense.
Bingham continued to face a flurry of offense from Brighton in the third quarter. Sophomore Carter Budge found Kyler Kehl and MJ Cirillo for two goals to push the lead to 9-4. After a win at the X, Owen Hanks pushed the ball to Blake Yates who blistered a low-to-low shot past Bingham’s goalie Easton Butterfield. Yates continued to find teammates open and hit junior attackman, Josh Nydegger, on the crease for his second goal of the game. Both teams battled hard in the third quarter and then LSM MJ Cirillo hit Brayden Kenny in stride for a goal.
In the fourth quarter, Brighton led 12-4 but they weren’t finished. Karson McMillin continued dishing out assists to sophomores, Easton McNeil and Scott Hansen. The final score was 14-4.
Brighton will be visiting Riverton on Friday evening and Park City next Wednesday.
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