Senior forward Tyler Snow kicks the ball between the legs of a defender during the Bruins 3-0 win over the South Umpqua Lancers on Thursday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer team “smelled roses” – or at least azaleas – as it claimed the Far West League title all to itself Thursday afternoon with a 3-0 victory over the Lancers of South Umpqua High School.
“It’s great that the kids were able to achieve that,” Head Coach Pancho Garcia said. “We’re taking it one game at a time. We know we’re the champs but we still have a lot of work to do.”
The Bruins are taking it one game at a time as they work toward the ultimate goal of an OSAA 4A state title.
The first goal of the game came early when seniors Thomas Spratt and Tyler Snow connected to give the Bruins a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Spratt made a cross from outside the box to a hard-charging Snow who was able to redirect the ball to put it in the net.
Snow would play a part in the Bruins’ second goal as well as he served up an assist to Alan Anaya to put the Bruins up by two, just 12 minutes into the second half.
The Bruins’ final goal of the game was a three-man effort as Luis Rodriguez booted a corner kick across the box to a waiting Nick Corpening who redirected the ball with his head to Spratt who one-touched the ball into the goal.
The Bruins’ defense allowed no goals to keep a five-game shutout streak alive.
“Defensively we’re getting good,” Garcia said. “We’re improving.”
Goalie Chandler Gotfried was instrumental in the shutout as he stopped a Lancer penalty kick, and had two diving stops in the first half. Of the four total shots the Lancers took during the game Gotfried saved them all.
“Our goalkeeper Chandler is really good. I’ve seem some saves that I don’t know how he got to them,” Garcia said. “His reflexes are so quick that he gets to balls that most goalies wouldn’t get to.
“He has some natural skills. Those are things that a coach can’t teach,” he added. “It’s all natural,”
The Bruins still have one last league game – against Pacific High School – to compete in on Monday, but statistically there is no way any team can catch them in the race to the title.
After completing their regular season, the Bruins will face the fourth-place team from the Skyline League – either the Vikings of Mazama or the Hornets of Henley – in the round-of-32 play-in game.
Next week’s game is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Monday at the high school soccer field.