By Jef Hatch
Special to the Pilot
On Tuesday, the Lady Bruins proved that last year's successful season was no fluke, finishing their first league matchup with a 3-0 win against the Douglas High School Trojans.
In a decisive victory that saw only two shots on goal by the Trojans, the Bruins showed that they are ready to take on the world and make it to the state playoffs again again.
In the first half of the match, the Bruins had multiple shots on goal by Senior Molly Moncrief, Senior Kayla Hamm and Sophomore Ashley Juarez. But it took until just two minutes left in the first half for the Bruins to put one in the goal.
Juarez, known for her powerful foot, made a beautiful pass right in front of Miriam Hernandez, who was racing for the goal and sent the ball into the lower-right corner of the net.
In the second half of the game, a shot on goal by Kayla Hamm was blocked back into play by the Trojan keeper, which allowed a quick thinking Juarez to deposit the rebounding shot neatly in the goal.
A strange play late in the second half resulted in the Lady Bruins third and final goal.The Trojan keeper made a brilliant save and, thinking that the ball had gone out of bounds while in her hands, threw it down in front of her in frustration. Bruin Hernandez, quick to the ball, booted it right past the surprised Douglas defenders and into the corner for the final point of the evening.
"We were first to every ball and played aggressively the entire game," said first-year Coach Kristen Frank.
She added, "We still need to work on keeping our passes calm but we play quick-pass' soccer and we accomplished what we needed to today."
When asked about the Bruins new style of play, Frank said, "We want to force our opponents to play to our style, and if we stick to our game plan we will win."
The Bruins will next play an away game against Glide at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.