Bingham girls soccer thriving in realigned region
Oct 14, 2019 01:45PM
● By Josh McFadden
Bingham goalkeeper Hope Ramirez directs her team during a game earlier this season. (Photo by Pat McDonald)
By Josh McFadden | [email protected]
Last year was a rough season for the Bingham girls soccer team. The Miners came in last in Region 4 and went 5-10-2 overall.
What a difference a year makes.
Playing against some new faces in a new region, Region 3, the Miners doubled last year’s win total by Sept. 19 with three games left to play. Heading into its Sept. 24 game at Riverton, Bingham was in first place in the league with a 5-1-1 record (10-2-1 overall). The Riverton contest was a huge one, as the Silverwolves were right behind Bingham at 5-2 in league action.
The Miners have been tough in all phases of the game, but the defense has been particularly strong. During the first seven region games, Bingham allowed just three goals. It surrendered just seven all season at this point. Goalkeeper Hope Ramirez had 6.5 shutouts, while teammate Becca Siddoway had 1.5.
Of course, the offense is hardly a pushover.
The Miners scored 18 goals in its first seven region games. In non-region action, Bingham tallied an impressive 27 goals in 6 contests. The team scored nine goals against West Jordan to open the season and had six against Juan Diego, South Summit and West (all shutouts). Jessica Thomas has led the way for the offense, scoring 12 goals in the first 13 games. Megan Beckman and Camryn Crump had five goals apiece, while Kassy Leonce had four.
Heading into its clash with Riverton on Sept. 24, Bingham’s only blemishes in league games were a 2-1 loss to the Silverwolves on Sept. 5 in the teams’ first matchup as well as a 1-1 tie with Jordan on Sept. 12.
On Sept. 19 at home against Herriman, Bingham topped the Mustangs 3-0 to stay ahead of Riverton in the standings. Beckman, Crump and Berkley Payne each scored for Bingham, while Ramirez and Siddoway shared the shutout at their goalie positions.
The Miners appear to be in good shape for a Class 6A playoff berth, baring a sudden collapse to close out the year. Bingham closes the regular season with home games against West and Jordan, Sept. 26 and Oct. 1, respectively. The Miners will be looking for a postseason return after missing out on the state tournament a year ago. In 2017, the team tied for third in league play but made it to the state semifinals.