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Brighton Tops Titans For Berth in UHSLL Title Tilt

Luke Fairman

The Brighton Bengals beat the Olympus Titans 9-7 on Tuesday night at Alta High School in the second UHSLL semifinal game of the night.
Bengal midfielder Ryan Fogarty kicked off the scoring with a great goal at the 11:01 mark. Brighton attackman Bailey Pope extended the lead when Bubba Fairman led a slow break, passed across the field to Grant Pierce who then fed Pope on the doorstep. Pope faked and slotted it home past Olympus goalie Ben Schettler. The Titans fought back and scored two goals late in the first quarter when Preston Burbidge and Bridger Fisher found the back of the net. Brighton was quick to answer though when Luke Fairman threw a stick fake, lost his defender and scored one-on-one. Fogarty added to his total at the 12 second mark when a pass deflected into the goal, making the score 4-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Luke Fairman
Pope and Pierce scored the only two goals of the second quarter but it wasn’t for lack of trying. With just under two minutes remaining, Pierce had two one-on-one attempts saved by Schettler who ended up with 19 saves on the night. The Bengals would take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
Olympus would come out of the break on fire, scoring the first two goals when Walker Murphy teamed up with Daxton Allison on both goals to bring the Titans within two. Fairman and Ashton Schmidt added goals of their own to make the score 8-4 for Brighton heading into the final quarter. Olympus once again scored first in the quarter when Allison tallied two easy goals early in the quarter. Schmidt would get a coast-to-coast tally at the 4:23 mark to make the score 9-6 for Brighton. With 3:05 remaining, Schettler came up with a big save and Brighton was called for goalie interference on the clear. After the restart, Murphy ended up in a one-on-one situation and buried it in the back of the net to give the Titans renewed hope. Unfortunately, that would be the final goal of the game for either team, giving Brighton a 9-7 win.
“It feels good,” said Brighton Head Coach Brandon Horoba, commenting on returning to the championships. “We’ve had a tough year and played some great games. It feels good to get ourselves back there.”
Brighton spread out the scoring with Fairman leading the way with 2 goals and an assist. Fogarty, Pope and Schmidt had 2 goals each. Pierce finished with 1 goal and 2 assists while Bubba Fairman notched 3 assists. Brighton goalie Quentin Mathie had 11 saves. The Titans were led by Allison who had 4 goals. On top of Schettler’s 19 saves, FOS Josh Homer went 13 of 18 from the center X.
Brighton will take on Corner Canyon on Friday at Corner Canyon High School in the UHSLL Championship game. The game will start at 7pm. The two teams met earlier this season with Brighton taking home a 12-11 win.

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  1. Are these the best referees Utah has to offer? They don’t even know what to call. They call penalties on legal hits. The players and coaches know more about the rules then the referees. The referees need to go and learn about lacrosse. Watch lacrosse on the weekends, lacrosse is a phyical game. Don’t tell me that you should not let them effect the game. In last nights game they called 8 procedure calls out of 18 face-offs with 2 good FO players. The attack from one team get mugged nothing and a slash get called on a call that should of been a hold. I can’t take it anymore. Get better referees! Have some pride in the game of lacrosse and be willing to get better. What you are doing now is just not right for the players. Embarrassing!!!

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