SOUTH JORDAN — A burst of speed and flash of orange. An unmatched strength and irrepressible power. A ferocious, daunting hunger.
The only things missing were the razor sharp teeth and claws.
With yet another blanking, 4-0 over Bingham, the Brighton girls soccer team has been tearing its way through preseason, proving that an encounter with a Bengal is not to be forgotten.
The Bengals worked the ball around to find additional opportunities as they darted here, there, and everywhere. In the final minute of the first half, Natalie Christensen sent in a beautiful, high-arcing shot, finding the top right corner from an impressive distance.
With Christensen's strike, Brighton carried the momentum and a 2-0 lead at half. The lead resulted from quick, crisp passing and an incessant craving for possession.
"I thought we did really well with what we have been working on," Loomis said. "Right as we lose it, we want to get it back as soon as we can. I think we did a good job of that today."
The domination continued in the second half despite solid efforts from the Bingham lineup. The Miners hustled and crossed the ball in front of the net a number of times, almost scoring when Kaitlin La threaded the needle to Alli Gorringe inside the box.
As the game wore on, however, the hot sun and menacing Brighton defense took its inevitable toll.
"That was our coach's main point," Loomis noted. "He said, 'did you see how we wore them down?' That has been one of our goals, to be the fittest team out there."
About 10 minutes into the half, Long ventured deep into Miner territory, chasing and retrieving a ball for the easy slip-in and 3-0 lead.
Not long after, in the 57th minute, Stephanie Ringwood raced into the box to win possession before the ball was cleared. Reaching it just in time, she outmaneuvered the lone defender and chipped it into the left corner of the net.
With that final goal, the Bengals defeated the Miners, 4-0.
"We have a lot of talented players," veteran defender Sara Ranck said. "We have a lot of returning players and a lot of heart. We want it this year."
The Bengals don't necessarily have one standout player, as Ranck explained, but the roster is chock-full of great, individual players.
With just one hiccup — a 0-0 tie against Lone Peak — Brighton is certainly one of the teams to beat. With their soccer savvy and scrappy talent, the Bengals are sure to see success.