It is always dangerous to give a team a lead, but Hillcrest might want to avoid giving Brighton a 1-0 deficit. Twice this season the fifth-ranked Huskies (5-3) have held a single-goal advantage over the top-ranked Bengals (8-1) - only to lose both times by identical 2-1 margins.
Earlier in the year, Brighton won in a shootout. Tuesday, the 2-1 overtime loss at home essentially ended the Huskies' chance to capture a Region 3 title, although Hillcrest is still mathematically in the hunt. Brighton has a one-game lead on Alta but has played its strongest rivals - the Hawks and the third-place Huskies - twice already each this season."We just need to keep playing hard and be playing as well as we can going into state," said Hillcrest coach Paul Moizer. "It (the game) was like deja vu, but if they are the No. 1-ranked team, then we feel comfortable with most teams."
Cameron Ferre scored first for Hillcrest from about 30 yards out on a free kick, booting the ball into the far corner to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead in the second half. The Bengals' Joey Forester took a looping ball kicked after a throw-in and beat the keeper with a soft bouncer to tie the score.
Andy Simmons scored the decisive goal just before the midway point of in overtime, outracing the defense on a bouncer down the middle.
"They are a great team," said Brighton coach Tom Cushing. "To beat them on their field is a great win."