Friday, Nov. 09, 2012
Rising up the trophy
Harrisonville clinches district title
By Stephanie Yeagle
Harrisonville fought past Warrensburg 2-1 in overtime in the Class 2, District 13 championship game held Nov. 1 at Grain Valley, their first district title in four years.
“It feels great,” Harrisonville senior goalkeeper Luis Lomeli said. “Finally after all these years, to win that trophy and to rise it up, it feels amazing. These guys did an amazing job tonight. We stuck together as a family and we came out with the win.”
The game was physical from the start, as the two rivals were playing each other for the fourth time for a district title. Finally, with just over two minutes left in the first period, Harrisonville junior forward Brandon Brewster battled past several Warrensburg defenders to score a goal and give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
“He’s been there all year,” Harrisonville head coach Dan Coleman said of Brewster. “He’s been the go-to guy. We don’t have an offense that focuses on one person; we like to diversify our attack. But he has a knack for putting it in the back of the net. And once again tonight, there he was.”
About 10 minutes into the second period, Harrisonville freshman midfielder Cole Harkrader took a good shot at the goal, but it bounced off the goal post. Warrensburg goalkeeper Kye Denker came out of the goal and Harrisonville sophomore defender John Kusmec tried to score, but Warrensburg’s defenders kicked the ball out of harm’s way.
But just a few minute slater, a foul was called on Harrisonville senior midfielder RJ Clark, setting up the Tigers for a penalty kick. Warrensburg senior forward Andrew Whitney took the shot and scored to knot the game at 1-1.
“That’s a quarter flip right there,” Lomeli said. “I’m laughing at myself, because I’m like, dive left, dive left and I dive right.”
A little over halfway through the second period, Harrisonville senior forward Logan Farrimond collided with Denker in front of the goal as he took a shot. Both players went down and Farrimond left the game. Denker went out for a couple of minutes, but decided to come back in.
Both teams had several shots on goal in the last few minutes of regulation, but neither team could score, sending the game into overtime.
“The defense played extremely well,” Coleman said. “They have some very talented kids up top that are tough to deal with. The kids brought their A game. Both midfield and the back line played really strongly.”
At the 5:48 mark in overtime, Harrisonville sophomore forward Austen Cummins kicked a cross to Brewster, who headed it into the goal to end the game.
“We just worked as a team and never gave up,” Brewster said. “Once we gave up that penalty kick, we didn’t give up and came back and scored on them.”
“I think the key tonight was just not letting the foot off the pedal,” Coleman added. “We were bringing good pressure and had lost of opportunities. We just kept knocking on the door and eventually it opened.”
The Wildcats faced Center in the Class 2 sectional game Nov. 6. Harrisonville lost the game 1-0 and ends its season with a 19-7-1 record.