Brighton faced off with Hillcrest in girls soccer on Thursday under the lights at Huskies Stadium. These two teams used to be in the same region where they would play each other home and away, but since the region was changed a few years ago, the two hadn't done battle until Thursday.
The teams played before large and vocal student sections from both teams. The game started off with the teams seeming to feel each other out, not wanting to make any mistakes early.
The Huskies had the game's first shot on goal when forward Skye Jefferies, with some deft footwork, split two Brighton defenders and took a shot from 20 yards. The Brighton keeper, junior Megan Turner, had to use every inch of her reach to push the shot wide of the frame to keep the game scoreless.
Brighton went on to control possession for the rest of the first half and was able to break through a short time later when senior Angie Timm used a burst of speed to get past the Huskies' defense. She side-stepped their keeper, Nicole Jessen, and calmly put it in the back of the net for the game's first goal.
The second half was more of the same with the Bengals possessing the ball the majority of the time. The Bengals' midfielders were outstanding, led by seniors Libby Dearden, Sydney Seamons and Ashley Christensen, who constantly made good decisions with the ball.
While Brighton passed the ball around, it continued to put pressure on the Huskies, probing for a hole in the defense. Halfway through the second half, Brighton found a small crack in the defense, which Angie Timm scampered through with the ball. She crossed the ball in front of the goal, where junior Taylor Kasteler cracked it in past the keeper for the game's second goal.
The Bengals' defense held on the rest of the game to keep the Huskies without a goal, thanks to a solid back line and good goalkeeping. The final score was 2-0 in favor of Brighton.
The Bengals don't play again until next Thursday, when they will host Copper Hills in their first region game.