South Jordan • After an opening-day loss to start the season, the Riverton boys' soccer team reeled off eight games with a loss after suffering a defeat in its season opener.
But it was Bingham who was in control from the outset in a 2-0 victory over the Silverwolves on Wednesday.
Sparked by the play of Gabe Althema and Arthur Kardzhyan, the host Miners had the majority of the good scoring opportunities in a game that was affected by a consistently strong wind from the north.
"Our forwards were really able to break down the back side of their defense," Bingham coach Matthew Kennaley said. "We knew if we were to have success against them, it'd have to be wide and then get it back to the middle."
Kardzhyan sent a ball to Althema 20 yards away from the Riverton goal just past the midway point of the first half. Althema managed to stay onside then struck for a score in the right side of the night.
Bingham (6-4, 2-2) appeared to score again just before intermission, but that tally was waved off after a handball violation.
Riverton (5-2-3, 2-1-1) got the advantage of that wind after halftime, but the Silverwolves, who had only two shots in the first half, continued to struggle to generate quality attempts on the Miners' goal.
"In the first half, we played pretty well and they caught us on one counter," Riverton coach Paul Moizer said. "We just didn't seem to get the last shot or touch. We seemed a little off. I think the wind played a big factor. It was hard to control it, and the turf was different for us because we're used to grass. Between the turf and the wind, it was just tough to get things going."
Bingham junior Andrew Pulsipher got tripped just in front of the Riverton net with 17 minutes left in the game, and the Miners were awarded a penalty kick. Junior Hunter Stutz shot into he left corner for a two-goal lead.
After winning its first contest in region against American Fork, Bingham had since lost consecutive games to Lone Peak and Lehi entering Wednesday's contest.
"As far as region goes, we have to really think one game at a time after dropping two really close games," Kennaley said. "We've got to stay focused and remember that the region has six more games to play."