By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
With the wind at their backs, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team scored two second half goals en route to defeating the Glide Wildcats 2-0 at home Tuesday afternoon.
"We played phenomenal," Coach Paul Angove said. "We won because we hustled the entire game and were first to every ball."
The Bruins (3-0) started the game playing into the fierce wind, but managed to hold the Wildcats scoreless in the first half.
Glide (1-1-1) pressured the entire first half, but couldn't break through the Bruins' stifling defense or even manage to get off any threatening shots on goal.
Goalie Ellen Stadelman did an excellent job coming out and corralling any loose balls that caught the wind and got out in front of the Glide attackers.
Defenders Jeana Hensley, Brooke Blofsky, Monica Mitchell, Lizeth Ochoa and reserve Ciara Freeman played exceptionally in the backfield for the Bruins and adjusted well when having to play against the wind.
With the score tied 0-0 after the first half of play, the Bruins had the wind at their backs as well as confidence in their defense for the second half.
"Going into halftime, I felt we were in a really good position," Angove said.
The Bruins started to put the heat on in the second half, constantly pressuring the Glide defense.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, Ally Manley put the Bruins on the scoreboard.
Manley took a short pass from Kayla Hamm and fired a shot that went off her defender's foot and into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead.
The Bruin defense and midfield kept the forwards busy as they continually fed them passes and helped them create scoring opportunities.
Molly Moncrief and Jillian McCool helped control the ball on the outside for the Bruin midfield while Kara Miller played back and helped out the defense and Manley pushed forward and helped distribute the ball.
With about eight minutes left to play, the Bruins added an insurance goal on a perfectly executed corner kick.
Jessie Goergen took the kick and used the wind to her advantage, bending the ball toward goal.
The Glide goalie got her hands on the ball, but Ashley Juarez was right there to head in the deflection and give the Bruins the 2-0 lead.
Juarez has now scored in each of the Bruins' three games.
For the second game in a row, the Bruins shut out their opponents and have only allowed one goal in 240 minutes of play.
"At the beginning of the year, our goal was to improve our defense," Angove said. "We were able to turn what was a weakness into a strength."
On Thursday, Sept. 20, the Bruins face their toughest challenge yet as they travel to Roseburg to take on the Umpqua Valley Christian Monarchs at 4:30 p.m.