By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin boys soccer team came away with another victory Thursday, shutting out the South Umpqua Lancers 5-0.
Another victory puts the Bruins in prime position in the conference with a record of 4-1.
While the game wasn't exactly an offensive explosion for Head Coach Gabriel Anaya's team, they did manage to outshoot the Lancers 25-4, with the bulk of their misses being strong shots on goal.
The Bruins started off quickly with a goal eight minutes into the first period by team captain Linden Loren.
The remainder of the first half was a of sort chess match for both teams, each spending considerable time on the other's side of the field. The difference seemed to be the Bruins defense, which rarely allowed the Lancers near their goal and even less frequently let a quality shot get off.
Dylan Roberts helped the offense assert itself in the first period, scoring the second goal for the Bruins with 18 minutes left.
Possessing a comfortable lead, Brookings commanded most of the second period. The half was punctuated by the stellar play of Loren, who chimed in with two more goals and a front header that narrowly missed its target, banging off the crossbar.
The boys seemed to move the ball more effectively in the second period as well. Passes found their intended recipients and defenders were able to keep the ball in Bruin possession on South Umpqua's side of the field.
Up 4-0 Anaya was able to utilize much of his bench, including three freshman.
"Our bench stepped it up for us," Loren said. "They played just like they were starters."
Freshman Tyler Wood was inserted and immediately responded by scoring the final goal of the game.
Goalie Gabe Anaya ensured another shutout the third for the team this season with a sound performance in the goal box. His diving block of the Lancers' best shot on goal was perhaps the best individual effort of the contest.
After the game, Head Coach Gabriel Anaya had mixed impressions.
"(The game) was kind of flat," he said. "We need to talk more."
His concern seem founded, as Loren echoed the same sentiment.
"We need to communicate so we know where everyone is on the field and we stay in our positions," Loren said.
Anaya said that he wanted more energy from the team as well.
"There wasn't too much excitement," he said. "Maybe we were too confident because we scored so early."
Criticism not withstanding, he was pleased with the team and the individual performances he witnessed Thursday night.
Despite misgivings about looking past their next opponent, Anaya is already thinking about the playoffs.
"We're fine," he said. "But when you go to the playoffs you play stronger teams, so you have to be prepared."
The Bruins face off against Coquille next Tuesday at BHHS at 4:30 p.m.