By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys' soccer team put some distance between themselves and the second place Pacific Pirates as they defeated the Pirates 3-0 Wednesday afternoon.
Pacific (6-3) is the only team to beat the Bruins (7-1-1) so far this year in a 2-0 win back on Sept. 18.
"Pacific always has a good team and it's always a good game when we play them," Coach Gabe Anaya said. "Last game we played flat and we gave the game away. Today, everyone came to play."
The Bruins started out aggressively, pressing the Pirate defense and creating scoring opportunities.
"We knew we had to put the pressure on from the beginning," Anaya said. "This was an important game for us. We knew we had to put some distance between us and Pacific."
In the eighth minute, Mark Aguirre headed a corner kick from Blake Peters to Linden Loren who tapped it in for the first goal of the game.
The Bruins had a flurry of shots on goal in the final 20 minutes of the first half, but Pacific goalkeeper Julian Carter made several key saves to hold the Bruins off for the rest of the half.
Bruin goalie Gabe Anaya made a big save of his own on a Pirate breakaway with about four minutes left in the half to keep the score at 1-0. Anaya earned his second shutout of the year with the win.
Five minutes into the second half, Loren tacked on his second goal of the game to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
After a Pirate free kick was cleared forward by defender Alan Freeman, Loren took the ball all the way up the middle of the field and fired it past the goalie from about 20 yards out.
In the 52nd minute, Loren continued to cause problems for the Pirates as he battled with defenders in front of the goal and found an open Aguirre who was able to beat one defender and the goalie to score the final goal of the game.
Freeman, Geoff Gowman, Jose Munoz and Jordan Weichers did an excellent job shutting down the Pacific attackers in the shutout win.
"They didn't really have a lot of scoring chances and we were able to control the majority of the game," Anaya said.
Midfielders Juan Garcia, Skyler Shuford, Blake Peters and Kevin Sthen did a good job controlling the ball and keeping it on the ground.
With only three league games left, the Bruins are comfortably sitting in first place in league, four points ahead of the second place Pirates.
The next game for the Bruins is a non-league contest against the Del Norte Warriors on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Crescent City at 4:30 p.m.