Season ends with playoff loss for Bingham girls soccerOct 26, 2020 04:03PM ● By Josh McFadden
The Bingham girls soccer team tied for second in Region 3 only allowing three goals and fell in the second round of the state tournament. (Pat McDonald)
By Josh McFadden | [email protected]
A late-season slide cost the Bingham girls soccer team, ending in a 3-0 loss to Corner Canyon in the second round of the Class 6A state tournament Oct. 13.
The Miners were seeded eighth in the tournament and secured a first-round bye and a home game against Corner Canyon. Unfortunately for Bingham, the advantages didn’t play out in its favor, as the team finished its season at 10-7 overall.
The Miners tied for second place in Region 3, earning a 7-3 record in league play. At one point in the season, Bingham was 10-4 before losing to Riverton (1-0) and to Herriman in a shootout to end the regular season. Prior to those two losses, the Miners had won four games in a row in which they didn’t allow a single goal. Bingham’s only other setback in region play was at Riverton on Sept. 10 by the count of 1-0. The Miners also had two early season loss by just a goal, falling to Real Salt Lake Academy 1-0 on Aug. 25 and to Corner Canyon 2-1 in the season opener on Aug. 4.
The bookend loss to Corner Canyon was much more devastating. The game got away from Bingham early, too. Corner Canyon scored all three goals in the first half in what was the most lopsided defeat for Bingham all year.
There was a lot for players and coaches to like about the 2020 campaign, however. The Miners shut out seven opponents and held six other foes to a single goal. Goalkeepers Kensi Willey and Mia Roberts shared duties in the net, each posting three shutouts.
Offensively, the Miners had at least two goals in nine of their games. Greta Davis was the leader in goals with nine. Six of her goals came in the team’s two games against West in which Bingham won 4-0 and 8-0, respectively. Kassy Leonce was second on the team with four goals, and Emily Reddish added three goals. Four other players—Ruby Cordova, Journey Heward, Marleigh Leister and Berkley Payne—each fond the back of the net twice.
The Miners will look to improve on this season’s mark when the players come back together late next summer for the 2021 campaign. In the past 10 seasons, Bingham’s best year was in 2017 when it advanced to the state semifinals. Last season, the Miners lost to American Fork in a shootout in the quarterfinals.