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Cardinals capture District 13-3A Soccer crown

By Thomas Sellers Jr.

Dyer County's Ryan Incrocci

Dyer County’s Ryan Incrocci

Brighton's No. 13 Justin Krachen

Brighton’s No. 13 Justin Krachen

The Brighton Cardinals celebrate with the 2015 District 13-3A Soccer Tournament plaque Thursday night in Brighton.

The Brighton Cardinals celebrate with the 2015 District 13-3A Soccer Tournament plaque Thursday night in Brighton.

Welton DeGraffreed

Welton DeGraffreed

The three-year chase of the Brighton Cardinal Soccer program reached the glorious finish line tonight.

On the Brighton Soccer Field, the Cardinals captured the District 13-3A Soccer Tournament championship beating the Dyer County Choctaws 2-0.

Bubba Chambers’ Cardinals used defense sparked by players like Welton DeGraffreed and Justin Krachen kept Dyer County scoreless throughout the night.

Brighton received a pair of goals from senior captain Austin Chapman. The Cardinals jumped ahead 1-0 13 minutes into the game when Chapman connected on a short blast past Dyer County goalie Ryan Incrocci.

But Incrocci proved why he was named to the All-District team throughout the first half making leaping and diving saves. Incrocci even stopped a penalty kick by DeGraffreed right before the halftime break.

The Cardinals got some insurance courtesy of Chapman in the second half with a goal at the 22:28 mark.

Chambers’ team controlled the tempo the rest of the contest to earn the championship. Brighton came up short last season losing to the Munford Cougars in the title game in a shootout. Several Cardinals sited that experience as the launching pad for the success in 2015.

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