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Judge Bulldogs Take Bite Out of Bingham

Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal

The Judge Bulldogs invaded the turf of the Bingham Miners on March 26 and left with a resounding victory. The game started out as a defensive struggle with both teams husseling, bashing, stealing the ball, and getting it back to their offenses. It was several minutes before Judge’s go-to guy, Junior attackman Grant Pierce finally broke through Bingham’s defense and scored. The Miners regrouped, but Senior attackman Nick O’Cain dodged right and then left, and dumped a goal in. Pierce hovered around the left hand side of the field and ripped an elevator over Goalie Logan Wilson’s head. Senior midfielder Sean Sloan surprised Bingham’s defense from the right hand side and he was followed by Senior attackman Eric Larson who dodged and danced right through the middle to score just before the end of the first quarter. Bingham had many great shot attempts, but Judge’s seasoned goalie, Senior Dexter Holmquist was perfect. Despite their stepped-up defense, the Miners were on their heels early with the score at the end of one 5-0.
Judge did not back off at the start of the second. Larson scored quickly from the right over Wilson’s head, and Pierce completed a hat trick with a behind-the-back, desperation bounce shot in heavy traffic. Senior midfielder Adam Weaver wanted in on the action, and got some, scoring head-on between Wilson’s legs. With an 8-0 deficit to overcome, Bingham took a deep breath, and attempted a come-back. The charge was led by Sophomore attackman Joe Lambert with a blazing, left-handed shot from the left side surprising the Bulldog’s defense and Holmquist. Lambert’s teammate, Senior midfielder Jeff Hunsaker followed up with a long outside shot from the right and then Lambert burned the net once more with another scorching lefty. Bingham’s defense held tight to the end of the quarter, and the score was 8-3 at half time.

Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
Judge Attackmen Grant Pierce Driving to Goal
The Miners came out of half with defensive determination punctuated by save after save by Wilson. Unfortunately their offense couldn’t get anything going. A penalty put them down a man and Judge’s Junior midfielder Gabe Rechsteiner used the advantage to score easily. The Miners continued to fight back. Junior middie Ricky Griffin grabbed the ball and sprinted the length of the field, capping the fast break with a shot right at Judge’s goalie, but the Miners were unable to capitalize on a couple of Judge penalties that gave them man-up advantage. The Bulldogs worked hard to squash any momentum Bingham tried to muster. When the horn sounded at the end of three Judge had added three more goals and Bingham just one for a Bulldog advantage of 11-4.
Judge started the fourth with another long and strong outside shot from Pierce. Sloan followed up by losing his defender with a great dodge, and dumping the ball home once again giving them an insurmountable 7 goal lead. Bingham worked it around and Senior attackman Nick Jenson muscled in a lefty shot from the left side. It was a hard fought, defensive quarter after that. The Miners took many more shots, but Judge’s defense and Holquiest goalie held tight. At game’s end the score was 13-5 for the Bulldogs.
Miner’s coach Marshall Kay said, “We gave up too many points too early, but played really well for two quarters. The first quarter has been our ‘Achilles heel’ all year. We need to play to our strengths and manage the game rather than always playing defense. Judge did a great job; they have the best coach in the State”.
Judge Coach Dave Allen summed up, “I told my players we started off good, but seemed to lose focus. We got it back, but we need to work on playing all four quarters and we haven’t really done that so far this year.”
Bingham returns to play after Spring Break at Herriman on April 4. The Bulldogs take on Weber April 5 at their home field.

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