Prep boys soccer • Skyline started Region 7 play 1-1.
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Twin brothers Ian and Alec Brown have been compared their entire lives.
And here's the consensus after 18 years.
Ian is a little more outgoing than Alec, but Alec is more independent.
Alec likes a little more edge to his music, a little reggae and rap, while Ian prefers to keep it mellow.
Alec snowboards, Ian skis. Alec is fast, Ian is faster.
Both plan on attending the University of Utah next year.
Oh, and one more thing.
As different as they are, they have another thing in common they both are key to the success of Skyline's soccer program this year.
"Alec is very quick," Skyline coach Shawn Kennedy said. "He has a finesse style and has more endurance than his brother. He had a very good game against West where he scored a goal and had an assist.
"Ian's incredibly fast. He has more power on his shot. He has a rocket ball. They have both done a great job for us, and they get along very well."
There are occasional brotherly disagreements on the soccer field, but these fraternal twins enjoy each other's company.
"We do a lot of the same things and hang out with the same friends," Ian said. "Sometimes we argue with each other on the field, but that's because we're brothers, I think."
They are in agreement on their passion for soccer, which began in preschool and matured through recreation leagues and club teams until they were ready to produce for Skyline.
Ian leads the team in scoring with four goals this season entering the week. He has such good speed that some friends on the track team are hoping he gets permission from Coach Kennedy to join them on the 400 relay team.
He uses his speed and ball skills to create shots from the forward position. Alec has two goals and three assists and prefers to set up his teammates.
"I like to pass as soon as possible," Alec said. "I try to use my ball skills to create some opportunities. I always try to play hard and do my best."
They are separate in many ways but together in one cause, and that's helping Skyline compete for a region title. The Eagles are 3-2-2 this season and started Region 7 action with a 1-1 record.
"We play different positions and have different styles," Alec said. "I wouldn't say there has been one game in particular that's been the highlight for us. We just love to play in all of the games and want to help our team do well."