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Boys soccer: Bingham keeps on rolling, off to best start in two years

May 06, 2024 04:18PM ● By Brian Shaw

Isaac Smith has provided mettle from the backline. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

With the Bingham boys soccer program, success is expected year in and year out. Two years ago, the Miners team finished league play with a 9-1 record. 

And, well, this edition is proving it might have what it takes to make a serious run
at state. 

With a good dozen seniors who were on the school’s sophomore and JV teams two years ago today, Bingham [8-3, 5-2 Region 2] sits at the top of the heap in league play thanks to balance on offense that includes a 4-0 win over Corner Canyon March 22, and a 2-0 win over rival Herriman March 25. 

And that was just what the Miners were able to blast into the nets in one week in March.  

To kick off April in style, Bingham outlasted Copper Hills 3-2 on April 3 and thumped Salt Lake Academy 4-1 on April 12. 

There have been some speed bumps along the way for this 2023-24 version though. Bingham fell 2-1 at Mountain Ridge—after the Miners mounted a furious second half rally April 17. Even on the road at Corner Canyon on April 19, the Miners still scored a first half goal but eventually lost by the final count of 3-1. 

No matter who the opponent is, when they play against this Miners team, they’re having to give up a pound of flesh in
the process. 

And with two games left in the Region 2 season, Bingham had a real shot at winning the league title at press time—something the school hasn’t been able to do since 2021-22. 

No matter what ends up happening for Bingham, it’s been a successful season for a team that returned 12 seniors and has had at least six players score at least one goal. 

For the Miners, senior Dawson Jackson is leading the team in goals scored with six while junior Briggs Smith has five. Senior Kade Davis has tallied four goals for a Miners squad that has also seen junior Eli LaRosa score three and junior Sam Knox and senior Camden Behunin, one apiece. 

Jackson also leads the team in assists, with four on the season. Senior Ben Pulsipher has assisted on three goals for Bingham, while senior Isaac Smith has two. Five other Miners have each contributed one assist: Briggs Smith, Grayden Olson, Joel Hodges, Nathan Gillet and Kade Davis.

Junior Riley Whicker has been impressive between the goal posts for the Miners and has posted three shutouts while senior Cayden Gillis has registered two. λ