By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruins' boys soccer team traveled to Coquille Tuesday night knowing they controlled their own destiny.
With a win or a tie they'd claim the 4A Far West title for the second consecutive year.
Despite trailing at halftime, the Bruins did exactly what they needed to do, and left Coquille with a 6-1 win and the Far West title.
Bruin Head Coach Gabriel Anaya said he was concerned early in the game, as he watched the boys trail 0-1 and appear not to be able to score.
"The first half we were playing kick-ball and surprised to be losing," he said. "I think we lost concentration."
Another factor in their struggles was no doubt the dimensions of the field, according to Anaya.
"Personally I don't like playing on small fields," he said. "With a team as fast as we have you end up kicking the ball too often to the goalie; it's a big disadvantage."
The result of the slow start was a deficit at halftime and some words from Anaya.
"I told them we needed to do what we normally do, keep the ball on the ground, pass better, and put pressure on the other team," he said.
Speaking to how much the game meant, Anaya had more.
"I told them, We need to win this game. We need to depend on ourselves and we need to win or we won't be champions,'" he said.
The pep talk must have worked. The Bruins came out "a totally different team," according to Anaya, and within 10 minutes had taken the lead.
The boys also worked better as a team in the second half, Anaya said, passing better, getting more through balls and pressuring Coquille in the midfield.
Anaya said he was excited by the 6-1 victory, particularly considering the fact they had trailed Coquille twice this season, and both times managed to get back into the game.
"We definitely came back to life," Anaya said. "This is the second time we had to wake up against Coquille, and I'm happy we were able to do it."
"They played great in the second half. We just have to keep in mind that if you don't play up to your potential you can lose," he said.
Individually, Anthony Babb had four goals in the contest, and Linden Loren and Thomas Spratt each scored one.
According to Anaya, the team is back to their usual selves after the disappointing outing against South Umpqua on Wednesday, Oct. 22. In a game he called "flat" and attributed to the emotional letdown after the North Bend victory, Anaya saw some things he's glad didn't resurface in Coquille.
"We were dominant again," he said.
Now the boys have a week to rest and await the announcement of their opponent in next week's playoff game at BHHS. The game will be Tuesday, but as of publication, the time is still to be determined.