By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The girls varsity soccer team put together another adept performance Tuesday night, sneaking away with a 1-0 victory.
Despite playing most of the game on the Bulldogs' side of the field, the Bruins managed only one goal, coming 21 minutes into the second half.
The Bruins had nearly 20 shots on goals before senior Molly Moncrief made a short pass to sophomore Ashley Juarez directly in front of the Bulldogs' goalkeeper.
Juarez quickly punched it in past the diving defender.
The late score put the Bruins in the lead, but hardly in a comfortable position.
Sophomore Tiani Mitani put another ball in the Bulldogs net 34 minutes into the second half, but the goal was negated due to an offsides penalty which, due to the crowd's response, was highly questionable.
The girls had to fend off Bulldog advances for the remainder of the game but didn't allow another significant shot on goal.
"That was a tough win," head girls soccer Coach Kristen Frank said. "They were able to take advantage of some of our weaknesses and kept us out of the net a few times."
Frank said she would like to see the girls start with a quicker tempo in the future and to get to balls faster.
"We usually play a fast game of soccer; that's how we dominate," she said.
In terms of quality shots on goal, the Bruins were dominant. Of the few shots the Bulldogs got off, only two posed any real threat. The Bruins misses were effective attempts, several missing by mere inches.
Frank highlighted several players in a post-game interview who made an impact on the outcome of the game.
In the second half Frank inserted junior Sonia Gonzalez one of the Bruins' vital defenders into the midfield.
"Sonia's an important player for our defense, but when we brought her up to the midfield she created opportunities for our offense," Frank said.
The team quickly responded with its only goal of the night.
Frank also pointed out that the insertion in the second half of sophomore Jillian McCool helped change the tempo of the game.
"She came in ready to play and really made a mark on the other team," Frank said.
The team is already looking forward to a pivotal matchup with South Umpqua on Thursday, Sept. 25.
As of the time of publication the Bruins were tied for first in the league with the Lancers. A win on the road Thursday would put them in the driver's seat for a league title.
Fans can catch the girls on the road at South Umpqua on Thursday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.