SOUTH JORDAN — Despite his team’s conceding an equalizer just before halftime on Tuesday, Bingham coach Ahmed Bakrim wasn’t really concerned.
He liked the way his team was competing, and even though Brighton stood to benefit from a strong tailwind in the second half, Bakrim was confident that Bingham’s strength in midfield would make the difference.
That’s what happened as senior Isaiah Cardoso scored a pair of second=half goals to lead Bingham to the 3-1 region victory over Brighton to remain perfect in region play three games in.
Both of Cardoso’s goals came from buildup down the flanks, something Bingham tried to take advantage of in the second half.
“I just told them keep the ball on the ground. They have some great center midfielders who are making all those plays; be tight, mark them tight, be physical, play out on the flank,” said Bakrim.
Cardoso’s first goal came early in the second half as he headed in a cross from Corbin Lowrance. Brighton’s backline had cleared in the initial danger, but the clearance only went as far as Lowrance, who sent it back into the danger area.
“Coach told us to play it wide, and to focus, possess the ball, cause that’s where we’re better, we can outplay teams by passing,” said Cardoso.
Cardoso’s second goal in the 72nd minute effectively sealed the victory as quick passing in the midfield sprung him up the left sideline, with the senior hammering a shot past Brighton’s keeper for the 3-1 lead.
“I just want him to believe more. He can be one of the top scorers. Sometimes he hesitates, he’s very fast, he has a great left foot, very smart, but I’m just trying to work on him to get that confidence. He has a lot of potential,” said Bakrim.
Bingham was on front foot early Tuesday, with Leonardo Sobreira scoring just two minutes into the match when Brighton failed to clear a poorly struck corner kick.
The Miners maintained the 1-0 advantage until the 39th minute when Brighton’s David Brog tapped in a rebounded free kick from Jackson Paul; it caromed off the left post and then back across the goal mouth.
It was the only breakdown of the match from Bingham’s stout defense.
“I’m proud of my defense, they were very smart. Every decision they made today was right on, they played relaxed, they played physical, and they always won that second ball,” said Bakrim.
Bingham won its first nine region games last season, before ending the year on a 0-2-1 skid and then a first-round loss in the playoffs. That bad taste is why Bakrim isn’t getting too excited about this year’s 3-0 start to region play, he just wants to make sure the team is continually improving each game.