Brown "electric’ in Huskies 5-0 win over VMS
What is that color?
For the record, the hair color of Huskies sophomore striker Harrison Brown is called electric, a shade of teal with some gold thrown in for good measure.
“We said he’s got hair like a grandmother, but he’s better in the air,” Huskies coach David Cope joked.
That much was evident as Brown scored two goals – both on headers – leading the Huskies to a 5-0 win over the Gore Rangers.
“I’ve gotten three goals this year and they’ve all been off headers so far,” Brown said. “I just saw it coming. We’ve been working on drills the last practice. We’ve been doing the Advil drill. I just got a head on them.”
The win marked Battle Mountain’s fourth straight win in the series dating back to 1999. But unlike the Huskies’ previous three encounters with the Gore Rangers, all one-goal affairs, this one proved to be a decisive victory.
“I think the whole thing was taking the emotion out of it and just playing the way you can play,” Cope said. “A lot of times with these local rivalries, the kids get so worked up in the emotion of winning that they forget to play. That was the biggest thing for our guys.”
The Huskies, 2-2 so far in nonconference action, took command from the start. Brown was the first to strike on a nifty feed from Raul Chavarria from the right side. Minutes later, J.D. Lemon broke in behind the VMS defense and beat charging goalie Michael Busenhart for a 2-0 lead.
The onslaught continued in the second half with a beautiful strike from Roberto Alcaras from 35 yards.
“I thought Roberto’s goal was unbelievable,” Cope said. “We were saying it was one of the best goals we’ve ever seen at the high school level. And that was with his right foot and he’s a left-footed player.”
Brown got his second goal, on helpers from Julio Garcia and Scott Canepa, making it 4-0. Lee Sandoval finished matters with a blast from the left corner of the box.
Meanwhile, VMS must have felt like it was playing uphill. The Gore Rangers never got sustained possession at either end of the field.
“We expect that we’ll play better in terms of possession. We have to expect it and that standard will stay high the whole season,” VMS co-coach Bob Bandoni said. “Our response to our team is that the real test of what we do out here is how we respond to our performance – whether that performance is stellar or whether that performance is what we feel is below our standards. The good news is that our guys are leaving believing that the only answer is on the training field.”
Credit Battle Mountain’s strong play in the midfield as well. Ryan Phillips drew the assignment of marking VMS’ Andrew Feldman and did the job.
“We were playing with three center midfielders and his task was to key on Feldman,” Cope said. “If he can limit the touches Feldman gets, the other two guys can be more creative. It worked. Banner was involved in a lot of our build-up plays and Roberto scored a great goal.”
VMS, 0-1, hosts Aspen Thursday at 4 p.m., while Battle Mountain closes out its nonconference slate Friday with a 4 p.m. tilt against Summit in Eagle-Vail.
Just for kicks: “I guess I’m going the dishes tonight,” quipped VMS coach Mike Morris. Morris is married the Battle Mountain assistant Charry Korgel. … VMS’ best scoring opportunity came late when Howdy Tuthill got a shot off, which glanced of the outside of the left panel. … Beau Beckley and Chris Jones split the shutout in net for Battle Mountain. .. It’s a world gone Emily. Emily Bandoni, Bob and Nina Bandoni’s younger daughter, turned 9 Tuesday. Meanwhile, at casa de Cope, Emily Quinn, 4, had her first ballet lesson. … Battle Mountain’s game Saturday at Eagle Valley has been cancelled due to a a scheduling conflict.