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McConnell's late goal lifts Brother Rice to win over Farmington WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Soccer - Boys - 8/29/2016 

Farmington 1
Birmingham Brother Rice 2
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FARMINGTON — There was little separation between Farmington and visiting Birmingham Brother Rice Monday, as an early season non-league matchup between two formidable foes played out as an up-tempo, nail-biter at times.

The game remained knotted until the late stages when Brother Rice executed a highlight-reel goal with just over seven minutes to play and hung on for a 2-1 victory.

The game-winner was scored when junior Dylan Daye gained possession of the ball near the sideline in the offensive zone. Unpressured by a defender, Daye was able to patiently wait to serve a pass into the penalty area, which accurately found the head of senior co-captain Jack McConnell for a perfect setup.

“He’s really good in the air,” Warriors coach Barry Brodsky said of McConnell’s sharp header that directed in right under the bar. “We play him in the back, but when we’re needing a goal, we ask him to step forward. He’s been doing that. He’s a really good player who plays a full 80 minutes.”

The game featured back-and-forth, fast paced action at both ends, as the teams traded threatening scoring chances throughout. The Falcons notably hit the post twice, while the Warriors had several corner kick chances that came close.

Brother Rice opened the scoring 15 minutes into the first half when it received a free kick opportunity from 35 yards away. Instead of firing a serve into the box, the Warriors surprised Farmington by making a quick, short pass, which allowed Daye to step into a shot that deflected off a body on its way to the goal.

“If you put shots toward the goal, then good things will happen,” Brodsky said.

Farmington got on the board toward the end of the first half when Walid Houalla was hauled down on the way to the net, earning the Falcons a penalty kick.

Junior Callum Ashmore was chosen to take the shot and he beat the Brother Rice keeper with a confident shot to the right side.

“I think when Farmington scored their PK, it really raised the level of play from both teams,” Brodsky said. “We were both getting some opportunities and luckily we got our goal while they hit the crossbar and the post. It was a very close game.”

Up next, Farmington will begin OAA Blue Division play with a home game against Hazel Park on Tuesday. Brother Rice (2-2) will host Birmingham Detroit Country Day on Thursday.

Last Updated: 8/29/2016 9:15:52 PM EST

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