By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Mark Aguirre scored three goals and Kyle Botnen added two as the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' soccer team impressed the home crowd with a 5-2 victory over the Douglas Trojans.
After just barely surviving in a one goal win over Coquille on Tuesday, the Bruins played much better Thursday.
"We realized that we needed to play up to the level we can or there's a possibility of losing," said Aguirre. "The last game really woke us up."
The Bruins dominated the whole game with aggressive play, crisp passes and good finishes.
"That's the way I like to see my team play," Coach Gabe Anaya said. "They spread the ball, kept it on the ground and played aggressive, not letting the other team think."
Botnen starting the scoring immediately for the Bruins as he received a perfectly placed pass from Aguirre, battled by a defender and shot the ball past the goalie in the bottom corner only one minute into the game.
About 23 minutes later, Botnen tallied his second goal of the game off a rebound off the crossbar.
Skyler Shuford rifled a hard shot off the bar that deflected back to Botnen, who met the ball with his chest and guided it into the bottom corner past the outstretched arms of the goalie.
Just two minutes later, Aguirre scored his first of three goals on the day to give the Bruins a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans got on the board late in the first half as goalie Gabe Anaya slipped while trying to corral a long ball and the ball bounced over his head and rolled into the net.
It looked like the Bruins would take a four goal lead into halftime after Anthony Babb tipped in a low cross from Aguirre, but the goal was called back because of offsides and the Bruins took a 3-1 lead entering the second half.
Aguirre increased the Bruin lead early in the second half as he scored on a deflection off of a shot by Linden Loren.
With about 15 minutes left to play, Aguirre completed the hat trick as he scored his third goal of the game on a long ball sent up by defender Allan Freeman that he contained and then fired past the goalkeeper.
Douglas answered back two minutes later and cut the lead to 5-2.
The Bruins had another prime scoring opportunity late in the game as Blake Peters crossed the ball to Jose Munoz who got his head on it, but nailed it off the crossbar and then deflected off the goalie's back and out of bounds.
On defense, Jordan Wichers played an outstanding game, constantly stopping the Trojan attack and distributing the ball up to the Bruin midfielders and forwards.
The next game for the Bruins will be at Pacific on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 4:30 p.m.
JV Bruins blank
The JV Bruins shut down the Trojans in a 3-0 win preceding the varsity game.
Kevin Sthen scored the first goal for the Bruins as he received a precise cross from Munoz and one touched the ball out of the air and into the goal.
Early in the second half, Sthen fired a rocket past the new goalkeeper for his second goal of the game on a forward pass from Erik Olsen.
The final goal of the game was scored by Dylan Roberts as he put back a deflection to give the Bruins a 3-0 win.
Tyler Frazer and Chris Hagland split time between the pipes to record the shutout for the Bruins.
The next game for the JV squad is at home against North Bend on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 3 p.m.