By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Eleven games; 11 wins; nine shutouts.
The Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team continued their impressive season with their seventh straight shutout as they blanked the Umpqua Valley Christian Monarchs 3-0 Tuesday.
"We've now cycled through the entire league without allowing a goal," Coach Paul Angove said. "That's quite an accomplishment."
Back on Sept. 20, in just their fourth game of the year, the Bruins beat the Monarchs 2-1, and have not allowed another goal since.
Almost a month later, the Bruins are still riding their shutout streak, which is now at over 600 straight minutes.
Goalie Ellen Stadelman didn't have to make a save until the final minute of play and only got to touch the ball a scarce number of times.
The Bruin defense, led by an impressive performance by Ciara Freeman, was extremely aggressive, jumping all over loose balls and rarely letting the Monarchs into their half of the field.
"One of the things that we're challenging our kids to do is to try and play at another level," Angove said. "We're focusing on trying to get as good as we possibly can."
The Bruin midfielders and forwards were relentless in their attack of the Monarch goal, barely giving their opponents time to breathe.
Excellent passing by midfielders Ally Manley, Jillian McCool, Kara Miller and Molly Moncrief neutralized the Monarch defense and allowed the Bruins to take quality shots.
In the seventh minute, the Bruins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with the first score of the game.
Moncrief unloaded a powerful shot from the right side that went through the hands of the goalie, but Ashley Juarez was first to the deflection and knocked it in for the easy goal.
With 10 minutes left in the half, the Bruins struck again as Kayla Hamm scored on a header off a corner kick from Jessie Goergen.
"Kayla was our spark plug off the bench," Angove said. "She really changed the energy and the momentum of the game."
The Bruins continued to press the action in the second half and Juarez scored her second goal of the game and her 11th of the season in the 72nd minute.
With only three league games left, the Bruins (11-0) will have a chance to clinch the Far West League championship with a win on Thursday against the Sutherlin Bulldogs.
"I'm really happy with the season so far," Angove said. "Now we have to play 80 minutes of tough soccer to get the win and clinch league."
On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Bruins travel to Sutherlin to take on the Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m.