SOUTH JORDAN — Frustrated.
It was the word of the day for both coaches in the boys soccer match when Bingham defeated visiting Brighton 3-2 on Tuesday afternoon.
Both teams scored multiple goals in the Region 3 matchup, but neither team reached what the coaches felt was their squad’s potential.
“It’s hard to put into words how frustrated I am because I feel like we aren’t even playing good soccer right now,” said Bingham coach Matt Kennaley. “I feel like we’re still a long ways away from doing what we need to do — but it’s nice that we’ve got a little bit of a killer instinct and we can score.”
It took more than 23 minutes, but the Miners scored first when Gabe Altheman received a pass across the box and through traffic, and then sent it to the back of the net.
The teams traded scoring sequences from that point on.
Hayden Smedley put Brighton on the board when he found the net on a fast break in the 31st minute and then Bingham responded and recaptured the lead, 2-1, when Altheman scored again just two minutes later.
The Bengals tied the score again in the 63rd minute with a Blake Homer shot right-to-left across the box and into the left corner, setting the stage for the Miners’ game-winner.
“The ref called a foul outside,” said Kennaley, adding that Braxton Ramirez took the ensuing free kick. “We happened to put a ball in, hit Stanson Miles — he’s a threat in the box no matter where he is, on defense or on offense — and he’s able to stick his head on the ball.”
With the loss, Brighton fell to 5-4-1 overall and 2-2-0 in Region 3. Meanwhile, the win pushed the second-ranked Miners to 8-0-1 on the season and maintained their perfect, 4-0-0 record in region play. Still, Kennaley was not completely happy with the performance.
“He was in the right spot at the right time today,” the coach said of Miles’ goal, but “overall, I think Brighton had the better run at the ball today and we’re lucky not to come out with the losing side.”
What was missing?
“Overall consistency, I think,” Kennaley said. “At times, we show that we can play and that we can hold the ball and pass, put ourselves in good situations to where we score. But right now, we’re too inconsistent and too all over the place where we just can’t find a good rhythm.
“I think that comes with the year. You build as the year goes along.”
Sarah Thomas earned a degree in Mathematics from the University of Utah and is currently pursuing an MBA at Westminster College. She has been covering sports for the Deseret News since 2008.