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BRHS ambushes Mustangs

Published 2:02pm Friday, March 14, 2014

Ask and you shall receive.
That has been the mantra that has fueled the Benjamin Russell Wildcats soccer team during its recent win streak, which improved to six straight with a 6-1 win over Stanhope-Elmore.
“What we’ve asked of the guys, they are doing,” said BRHS soccer coach Austin Teel. “They played really well, and they played how we wanted them to play.”
What the coaches have asked is a frantic, aggressive start predicated on offensive pressure.
Against the Mustangs, BRHS’ pressure amounted to three goals in the first 12 minutes of play.
Phillip Speake kicked the scoring off early on, and Matt Smith followed his teammate’s lead with two goals of his own.
“We came out strong,” Teel said. “And that’s what we want to do. We want to come out of the gate with everything we’ve got in the first 15 minutes. We were able to get ahead, and we played a lot more comfortably when we got the lead.”
Grant Hudson scored late in the first half, and Cole Grogan and Franklin Staples each scored in the second half.
“We’re having great communication,” Teel said. “We’re talking a lot more.”
Next for BRHS is a home match versus Carroll-Ozark, which is expected to offer a stiff test for the area-leading Wildcats.
“Carroll tends to be one of the stronger teams we face in our area,” Teel said. “They finished second last year, and they always play us hard. We’re expecting a big competition.”
Start time is Friday at 7 p.m.