The Bingham Miners beat the Park City Miners in sudden victory overtime on Saturday at Brighton High School by the score of 12-11.
Bingham was the first to find the back of the net when Brooke Tate scored on an assist from Karlie Beech. Park City responded with a goal by Katy Miele to even the score. Park City scored two more goals to take a 3-1 lead with 10:27 left in the first half. Bingham scored two minutes later when Cierra Petersen found the net on a free position opportunity when Park City was called for a check into the sphere. Park City scored a minute later to regain a two goal lead when Hannah Hyatt took the ball coast to coast for the goal. Bingham went on a two goal run to tie the game with 2:26 left in the half. Alex Miele controlled the ensuing draw for Park City and took it to the cage on a fast-break, slotting it home for the great goal. Bingham wouldn’t go away and scored with 40 seconds left to tie the game at 5.
Park City came out of the break with a two goal spree to take a 7-5 lead. Bingham notched their sixth goal when Olivia Winters caught the ball in the middle of the field, drove to the cage, spun, and shot it low with her left hand. Both teams scored again to make the score 8-7 with 12:32 left in regulation. Park City scored two goals in a minute to take three goal lead, their largest lead of the game. Bingham answered with a two goal run of their own to make the score 10-9 and later scored to tie the game at 10. Both teams had good looks at the goal in the final minutes but the defenses and goalie play was phenomenal.
In the first of the overtime halves, Park City had a free position attempt with a wide open goal but the Bingham defender on the wing was able to knock it down before it crossed the goal line. Bingham scored with 12 seconds to take the advantage when Winters got the ball on the wing and drove it the hole untouched, shooting low for the goal.
In the second half of the first overtime, Bingham was penalized with a yellow card for a dangerous follow through which gave Park City the extra man advantage and a huge momentum swing. Park City couldn’t convert on the opportunity but were able to find the net with 29 seconds left when McKenna Tychsen tied the game.
In the second overtime, which is a sudden victory situation, Park City won the draw and took it to their offensive end and settled into their set. The Bingham defense was strong and was able to get a ground ball but the Park City ride was ruthless, getting the ball back, settling into their set again. Once again, Bingham held tough, knocking the ball away and scooping it up, leading into the fast-break. Beech collected the ball at the top of the box, took it straight down the middle and shot a perfect bounce shot, hitting the top of the net, giving the Bingham Miners the 2012 Girls D-I Championship.
“This team deserves it,” said Bingham Head Coach Eliza Hitz. “They’ve honored the game, they’ve honored each other and they have really developed a lot of maturity and heart this year. They won the battle against a very, very good team that is well coached.”
Tate, Winters and Judd each had 3 goals for Bingham. Maddie Haynes had 2 goals and 1 assist while Caitlin Jarratt had 1 goal and 2 assist for Park City. Park City controlled 14 of 27 draws.
“Cassidy Grizzle played phenomenally,” said Hitz. “She did very well forcing the turnovers and then clearing it to our attack.”
Bingham was able to finally break through the curse and win the title after having been a runner-up four previous times, including a 12-6 loss last year to Alta.