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Bingham boys soccer is getting on the front foot early and often

May 08, 2023 02:21PM ● By Brian Shaw

With the snow playing all kinds of havoc with teams, the Bingham boys soccer team is in the same spot as everyone else and has had to reschedule a few games.

With the snow playing all kinds of havoc with teams, the Bingham boys soccer team is in the same spot as everyone else and has had to reschedule a few games. 

But when the white stuff has let up a tad, the Miners have had as good a record on the pitch as most of their 6A counterparts. 

Bingham [1-1 Region 3, 3-3] has played a difficult preseason schedule that began at perennial 5A power Wasatch, March 8. 

Junior Kade Davis scored first for the Miners on a nice assist from sophomore Sam Knox on a chilly, low 30-degree type of afternoon in Heber City. Wasatch would answer to close out the first half, and scored twice more in the second 40 minutes, handing the Miners a 3-1 loss. 

The storms let up enough for the Miners to get back on the pitch at Ron Case Stadium for their home opener against 6A Granger, March 10. 

Bingham got on the front foot early when junior Dawson Jackson scored off another deft pass from Knox, who added to his team-leading assist tally of two on the season. That was all the scoring Bingham needed in a 1-0 win.  

For the Miners, this front three of Davis, Knox and Jackson has proven to be a difficult task early on for the opposition—but Bingham is loaded in other spots, too. 

Charging up the flank in the Miners next game was senior defender Adam Goodrich, who scored his first goal of the year on an assist from senior defender Kaleb Call in Bingham’s 1-0 win at home against 6A Pleasant Grove, March 15. 

Key in the two preseason wins for the Miners has been the play of sophomore goalkeeper Riley Whicker, who recorded two shutouts in those games. 

That’s when Mother Nature took a page out of the Miners’ playbook, proving to be as stubborn as Bingham’s defense the first week of the season. 

The Miners wouldn’t play again until March 22, wrapping up their preseason at home against a Westlake side that has already defeated some highly regarded teams. Bingham fell behind early in the first half and suffered a 2-0 loss—the only time the Miners have been shut out all season. 

After that March 22 defeat at home, inclement weather was the big story for the next two weeks for the Miners as they were forced to practice indoors. 

The snow finally let up on Friday, April 7 for school officials to allow the Miners to play their region opener against Copper Hills. Junior Ben Pulsipher scored his first goal on the year in the first half, but Copper Hills answered and then scored the go-ahead goal in the second half, handing Bingham a 2-1 loss. [Jackson also tallied his second assist for Bingham in the loss.] 

The Miners would chip back into contention in Region 3, however, with a resounding 3-0 win at West Jordan, April 14. Bingham got two goals in the first half and one in the second courtesy of Davis and Jackson, and Call added a goal—his first of the season. 

For the Miners, goalkeeper Whicker leads the way in shutouts with three behind a back line that has faced pretty stiff competition thus far. 

In six games played at press time, the Miners defense has only allowed seven total goals. 

Up top, Davis and Jackson have each scored two goals. Three other players have tallied one goal apiece for a Bingham side that will now chip into the brunt of its Region 3 schedule through the rest of April and into May.λ