By Chad Robert Snyder
Pilot staff writer
The Bruins' varsity boys soccer team again cruised to victory on Monday, holding the Douglas Trojans scoreless in the 7-0 win and taking their record to 6-1 in league play.
The game was nearly a carbon copy of recent wins, with the boys jumping out to an early lead and directing most of the game action for the duration of the match.
Starts like the one the Bruins put together Monday afternoon mirror Head Coach Gabriel Anaya's philosophy on winning.
"We try to begin every game strong and then control the rest of the match," he said. "You have to get to a comfortable lead, and then you can focus on passing and ball control."
The first half in particular showcased his philosophy in action. The Bruins, after taking a quick 2-0 lead, decelerated the pace of their attack.
"We tried to play a little slower today; we didn't push as hard," Anaya said. "We focused on getting the ball on the ground and playing keep-away and controlling the whole field, not just their side."
The pace didn't stop the onslaught of shots on goal, however. The Bruins again radically outshooting their opponent, this time 28-3.
They were also rarely tested on defense and spent the bulk of the game in front of Douglas' goal.
The scoring, as has been the case in recent games, was spread out over several players. Goals were registered by Anthony Babb, Kevin Sthen, Brandon Bristow and Dyland Roberts, including a spectacular front header by Roberts with 8:30 left in the first half.
Team captain Linden Loren was held scoreless for the first time this season, but took a number of quality shots on goal. Anaya said Douglas focused a lot of energy on defending Loren. Whenever he was in possession of the ball, the Trojans flocked to him in an attempt to contest his scoring attempts. The result was numerous open shots for other Bruins, and they took full advantage.
According to Anaya, the play of the Bruins' midfield was one of the keys to their success throughout the game. Jose Munoz had another terrific game in that regard, stealing balls and keeping the Trojans from penetrating anywhere near BHHS's goal.
The Bruins are now looking ahead to the last five league games of the season. With four of those remaining on the road, Anaya said he wants the boys to remain focused and realize that stiffer competition is on the horizon. Included in the anticipated challenges is another meeting with league-leading North Bend on Oct. 21.
North Bend handed the Bruins their only loss of the season, and a victory would give the boys a tie for the league title, provided they win out in the remaining scheduled matches.
The next game for the Bruins is at 4:30 p.m. this Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Pacific High School.