LOUISVILLE — Professional soccer star Wayne Rooney has fans in just about every corner of the world, and Fairview senior Cooper Harmon is probably just one of the many of them that have tried countless time to imitate one of his most famous goals.
Converting a bicycle kick in a high school game, however? It just doesn't happen very often. Yet, there Harmon was on Thursday night being mobbed by his Knights teammates in the 67th minute of their Front Range League match against rival Monarch, having freshly pulled off one of the sport's most heralded plays.
It came in the middle of an onslaught of goals that led to a 3-0 Knights win at MoHi, putting them at 7-0-0 on the season. And, it likely will be the talk at the school on Friday morning as it came in front of a pretty good group of student supporters.
"It's always been a dream of mine to score a bike, ever since I've been a fan of Wayne Rooney ... I've practiced in my back yard, in our practice, and I've like tried one once or twice every season and had never gotten it," Harmon said after notching his seventh goal of the year. "But I just felt that opportunity there, just felt that one was going into the back of the net. The ball was right where it needed to be, just an amazing feed."
"It's been a long time since I've seen a goal like that, and that's one I think Cooper won't forget the rest of his life," Knights coach Jeff Frykholm said, his team 3-0 in the FRL and currently No. 6 in the Class 5A ratings percentage index. "I can't remember a high school goal much prettier than that. It was a nice buildup, a beautiful ball, and he pulled that out of his back pocket."
After watching the game go well into the second half scoreless, despite Fairview having the run of play for most of the contest, the barrage of Knights tallies finally came after a goal of theirs had been waived off in the 65th minute. A mess of bodies collided on a corner kick to result in a header that snuck past Monarch goalie Hank Dalle-Molle, but an infraction was whistled that disallowed the score.
The Coyotes (3-4, 0-3) tried to keep Fairview in front of them, but a long ball and a run in from Harmon drew a foul in the goal box less than one minute later, and Sajji Singh converted the penalty kick to put FHS on the board.
No sooner had the ensuing restart happen when the Knights were on another run past the midfield, and Sebastien Mazur sent in a cross from the sideline that couldn't have been placed any better for what Harmon wanted to do. The goal sent a wave of emotion through Harmon, and a similar reaction would be had by Myles Ellis when he made it 3-0 in the 69th minute.
"It just felt like it was coming eventually, because we had broken through their line several times," Harmon said of the scoring. "Whether it was going to come with five minutes left, or right off the bat (in the second half). It's a relief to tuck one away, even if it's not you that does it, because you know the game's going to open up after that."
Fairview had nine shots in each half, and nine shots on frame in all. Monarch was held without a shot on goal in the second half — a 40-minute time frame Frykholm said was a full team effort that's going to win a lot of games.
"Lot of credit to Monarch and their back line, and to (Dalle-Molle) ... but we had good sustained pressure and I really liked the energy of the guys moving forward," Frykholm said. "Tonight, the second half, the boys got rewarded for a lot of time being in front of their goal. We did a lot of the little things correctly."
Monarch will look to get back in the win column Tuesday at top-ranked Boulder. Fairview hosts Poudre on Saturday night.
Fairview 3, Monarch 0
At Monarch HSFairview (7-0, 3-0)03—3Monarch (3-4, 0-3)00—0
Goals (assists) —Fairview: Sajji Singh (penalty kick), 66th minute; Fairview: Cooper Harmon (Sebastien Mazur assist), 67th; Fairview: Myles Ellis (Mazur assist), 69th.
Goalies (Min-Goals allowed-Saves) — Fairview: Carter Melton (75-0-2), Lucas Hempon (5-0-0); Monarch: Hank Dalle-Molle (75-3-6), Carter Watson (5-0-0).