Brighton boys soccer, looking to end a 17-year state title appearance drought, asserted its dominance against a visiting Howell on Tuesday night with a 4-1 win.
Off to one of its best starts in school history, Brighton looks poised for a deep playoff run.
“We controlled the pace of play (against Howell),” Brighton coach Robert Williams said. “They always play us tough.”
Nathan Rozman, Mattia Moggia, Travis Huffman and Jace Rose each scored a goal for Cameron Williams added three assists for Brighton (10-0-2).
It built a 4-0 lead and Howell just couldn’t fight back to make it close. Howell falls to 1-10 overall and 1-9 in KLAA play.
Riley Radwarfki-Gallas allowed just one goal in the final minutes for Brighton which was the result of a defensive breakdown.
“It was a total team effort,” Williams stated, not being able to narrow it down to one top player. “We had a number of guys step up for us.”
With four regular season games left, Williams feels his team still has plenty to improve on if it wants to contend for a Division 1 state championship.
“We need to work on communication” Williams said. “We still need to be cleaner and get better every day. At the end of the regular season, everyone is 0-0, so we just need to get better.”
Brighton will travel to Hartland on Thursday and Howell hits the road to face Grand Blanc.
Bloomfield Hills (25, 25, 25), West Bloomfield (22, 10, 11): Alexa Rousseau had 39 assists, Julia Caravias finished with 13 kills and five aces and Olivia Smith added nine kills and four blocks for Bloomfield Hills (20-7).
Madison Heights Madison (25, 19, 25, 25), Warren Lincoln (18, 25, 20, 21): JaTerra Bowie had three aces on 13 serves, Avion Broadnas had 10 serves and Belinda Cargile finished with six blocks for Madison (2-3).
Novi (25, 25, 25), Pymouth Salem (13, 12, 12): Abryanna Cannon had 19 kills, Erin O’Leary recorded 25 assists, Kaylee Peterson finished with 12 digs and Jaeda Porter had five kills for Novi (21-1, 5-0 KLAA).