By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School boys' soccer team solidified their spot at the top of the Far West League standings as they took a decisive 4-1 victory over the Coquille Red Devils Thursday afternoon at home.
With the win, the Bruins (5-1-1) sit alone at the top of the league standings, just one point ahead of the Pacific Pirates, whom they play at home on Wednesday.
"They played great," Coach Gabe Anaya said. "We have a very talented team all the way around."
The Bruins were able to control the field and the tempo of the game with their superior passing, especially throughout the midfield, with the likes of Juan Garcia, Kyle Botnen, Skyler Shuford and Linden Loren.
"They handled the ball, controlled it and passed it well," Anaya said. "We do a lot of passing drills in practice and we always work on keeping the ball on the ground. As long as we keep it on the ground, we won't have any problems."
Five minutes into the game, Mark Aguirre took a corner kick that found the foot of Garcia, who one-timed it into the back of the net for the first goal of the game.
But the Red Devils answered back just one minute later, scoring off a deflection by Bruin goalie Gabe Anaya.
The Bruins retook the lead about 20 minutes later as Blake Peters crossed a perfect ball up to Aguirre, but before Aguirre could get a foot on it, the defender stuck his leg out and knocked it into his own goal, giving the Bruins the 2-1 lead.
With under two minutes to play in the half, Aguirre put another score on the board for the Bruins as he took a bicycle kick pass from Peters and fired it past the goalie to give the Bruins a 3-1 halftime lead.
In the second half, the lone Bruin goal was scored by Shuford, who kneed in a big cross from Peters to make the score 4-1.
The defense continued to improve for the Bruins, led by Jordan Weichers and Alan Freeman in the middle and Kevin Sthen and Geoff Gowman on the outside.
The big win was also a chance for the Bruin reserves to see some playing time as they were able to create some good scoring opportunities as well.
"We were able to get everyone in and give them a chance to play in front of their home crowd," Anaya said.
The next game for the Bruins will be against the Douglas Trojans, who sit in fourth place in league, on Monday, Oct. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Winston.