It was senior night for the Bengals as they played host to the Olympus Titans, in a game that would ultimately decide the second seed in the North conference that saw Brighton came away with an important 9-5 win over the Titans.
Brighton kicked the game off quickly with Bergan Mcardle controlling the first draw and Tiffiny Wallace scoring the first goal. The goal jump started the Bengals and it was quickly followed up by two more for Brighton.
Down 3-0 early, Olympus kicked it into gear and was able to get a goal by Lea VandeMerwe. The two teams swapped goals to bring the score 4-2.
Olympus was able to get a nice offensive possession but was denied by goalie Taylor Hekking. The clear went to Chelsea Owens, after she gained possession, a stray ball came onto the field. One ball was controlled by Brighton, the other controlled by Olympus. After deliberation by the refs, possession was awarded to Brighton. Chelsea Owens scored after the mix up to bring the score 5-2. Bengal, Amy Johnston, added another one just 54 seconds later. VandeMerwe was able to pull one back for the Titans just before the half ended. The score was 6-3 in favor of Brighton.
The second half started quickly for the Titans as they were able to control the first draw and get a goal by VandeMerwe. After great defensive stands by both teams, Olympus scored again to get within one, 6-5. After six minutes of back and forth action, Brighton broke the silence with a goal by Tiffiny Wallace. One minute later, Amy Johnston added another goal to make the score 8-5. Brighton controlled the next draw and was able to slow down their possession. with 56 seconds left in the game, Amy Johnston was able to get the last goal of the game to bring the score 9-5.
“I’m really proud of the way our girls played,” said Brighton Head Coach Kendra Robinson. “I am so happy we were able to get a win for our seniors on senior night.”
Brighton controlled 10 draws while Olympus controlled 6. Brighton was lead by Amy Johnston with 4 goals, Olympus was lead by VandeMerwe with 3 goals.
Brighton goalie Taylor Hekking had 8 saves while Olympus goalie Hannah Fordham had 5 saves.
Brighton will play Park City on Friday in a game that will determine the No. 1 seed in the North. Olympus will play Skyline on Thursday in a game that will determine the third and fourth seeds.