With balance at all positions, Bingham girls soccer aims to achieve more this seasonSep 01, 2021 03:31PM ● By Brian Shaw
By Brian Shaw | [email protected]
Coming off a 10-7 season in which the Bingham Miners lost 3-0 to Corner Canyon in the second round of the 6A state soccer tournament, they wasted no time taking on more stiff competition in this year’s season opener on Aug 3.
First up: Skyline, one of last year’s 5A state semifinalists. The Miners found themselves having to dig out of a tough spot in the first half, trailing 2-0 at the break. But Skyline was too much for the Miners, who lost 5-0 after having just started their season preparations just two weeks before.
With another full week of preseason training under them, the second game of the season for the Miners went smoother on Aug. 10. They chiseled ahead of Bountiful with two nice goals from junior Ane Henderson in the first half and added another fissure in the rock with a Greta Davis goal, solidifying a 3-0 victory.
That Davis goal was the first for the senior in 2021. She led her squad in 2020 in scoring with nine, but to get two from Henderson took some of the load off of last year’s leading scorer.
Henderson’s goals against Bountiful were also twice the number she’s had playing varsity, a good sign for a team that is replacing several graduated seniors and key contributors.
On Aug. 12 two days later, the Miners hopped on the school bus and took the short ride to the other side of Interstate 15 to take on the same school that ended their state tourney hopes last year, Corner Canyon.
The two teams that were duking it out in the postseason a year ago at state battled hard in the first half in the preseason rematch. Then the senior Davis got out that reliable axe of a foot midway into the second half and swung the ball into the net for her second goal in 2021, giving the Miners their second win on the still-young season, a 1-0 triumph.
The Miners also have some balance to go with all that experience on offense, however, something they proved Aug. 17 when they hosted Springville. The Miners [3-1] got two goals, one from Journey Heward and one Olivia Myntti to take a 2-1 win in overtime.
Between the goalkeepers Mia Roberts and Ensley Anderson that head coach Tennille Vance has been platooning in each half and a rapidly improving defense, the Miners have allowed just one goal over the past three games and posted two shutouts.
Through the remainder of August, the Miners will play Mountain Crest, Pleasant Grove and Wasatch—all at home. They’ll take to the road to face West Jordan to close out the month on Aug. 31. The Region 3 season will begin for the Miners just two days later on Sept. 2.