Prep boys soccer: Seth Fankhauser eager to follow in brother's footsteps

Prep boys soccer • Brighton played in the Class 5A state title game last season.
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Seth Fankhauser and his brother Taylor were not on the same team for once.

They were divided up for a game of Catch Phrase.

When hints were given to try to guess the mystery word, they shouted out the same wrong answer in unison.

After they quit laughing, Seth realized just how much he was like his older brother.

Similar personality, same love for soccer and for succeeding in the classroom.

Taylor graduated from Brighton High School with a 4.0 grade-point average last year after he helped the Bengals to the Class 5A state title game. He took his game to BYU, but not before he left an impression on Seth that he hopes will help Brighton take the next step and win a state title this season.

"Taylor was a really good example to me," Seth said. "He always worked hard and did everything to the best of his ability. We have so many seniors on the team this year that it's almost unheard of, but we wouldn't have so many if they weren't good. We definitely have the talent to win a title."

Brothers don't always get along, much less learn from each other, but in this case, Seth has followed in his brother's footsteps. He has a 4.0 GPA, and even though it's not likely he will match the 11 goals Taylor scored last season since he is a midfielder and not a forward, he still picked up enough tips that should help him be a key to this year's team.

"He had very good chemistry with his brother," Brighton coach Russ Boyer said. "They are cut from the same cloth. They're 4.0 kids who are not always the biggest, but they are very skilled. Once he has the ball on his feet, it's hard for teams to knock him off the ball. He's not only a threat to score, but he's also one of the best at setting up and assisting other guys. He's a big part of what we're doing."

Seth is one of 16 seniors on this year's team.