The Brookings-Harbor High School girls soccer team moved to just one step away from claiming a fifth-straight Far West League title with a 10-0 victory over the South Umpqua Lady Lancers.
The victory was particularly sweet for the three senior players for the Bruins: Brianna Juarez, Jessica Fernandez and Louie Deraita.
“It feels good,” Deraita said about winning at home in front of their fans for the last time.
“It feels good, but I think we’re all pretty pumped up for Tuesday’s game,” Juarez said. “We’re not stressed out but we’re ready to take the Far West League.”
The Bruins face the Sutherlin Bulldogs on Tuesday in a game that will determine the league champion.
The Bruins have been working on specific drills to prepare for the Sutherlin game and look to bring home a victory and a league title.
“We’ve been working on coming out strong in the first half,” Deraita said. “We’re typically a second half team, but we want to come out with intensity. It’s bad, but after we see that we’re succeeding we motivate a little more.”
The Lady Bruins will need to be strong from the first whistle if they plan to defeat the Lady Bulldogs.
The first time the two teams met, the Bruins lost by one and they are looking for some redemption when they meet on Tuesday.
The Lady Bruins opened the scoring floodgates at the two-minute mark with a goal by Addy Fitzgerald and had put three goals on the board in the first eight minutes.
“We looked really good in the first half of the first half,” Head Coach Fred Juarez said. “We got a little lackadaisical in the second half of the first and didn’t finish at all. In the second half we got it cleaned up and started finishing again.”
Deraita scored the Bruins second goal just four minutes later on an assist by Hannah Baron, and at the eight-minute mark put the third goal in the net on an assist by Juarez.
“It felt great,” Deraita said. “It was really good to score two goals.”
The lack of finishing made itself evident when the Bruins didn’t score again between the eighth and 37th minutes when Jade Heredia scored on a hard shot that rolled past the outstretched fingers of the Lancer goalie.
At five minutes into the second half, Karlie Gonzalez got her foot on the ball as it bounced around the penalty box in front of the Lancer goal to score the fifth point for the Bruins.
Just three minutes later Baron scored on a breakaway to make it 6-0.
At the 10-minute mark Fernandez made a perfect cross pass to Heredia for another goal and barely five minutes later Fitzgerald made the same style pass for Hannah Goergen to score, making it 8-0.
Juarez would get in the scoring spirit in the 34th minute as she took a corner kick by Sonia Haro and put it in the goal.
The Bruins’ final goal came in the 39th minute when Baron stole a Lancer goal kick and broke past the goalie to put the ball in the back of the net for the final score, making it 10-0.
Fernandez was the only Bruins’ senior who didn’t score, but she wasn’t upset by it.
“I wanted to score really bad tonight because I’m usually stuck on defense,” she said. “But I’m not that disappointed because I assisted on like three goals and so that felt good.”
The Lady Bruins head to Sutherlin on Tuesday for a championship-deciding game. The game is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m.
“Who wins that game is the Far West League champs – we can’t tie,” Coach Juarez said. “We are improving and it showed in the last two games. I think we’re ready.”