Nels Johnson shoots on goal during the Bruins’ 4-2 victory over the Bulldogs of Sutherlin. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
An improvement in communication led to an improvement in scoring for the Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer team as they defeated the Bulldogs of Sutherlin 4-2 in Far West League play on Thursday.
“At practice we’ve been focusing on communication because it has been our biggest flaw,” senior captain Alan Anaya said. “We’ve been working on trust because it is easier to communicate when you have trust.”
The Bruins first goal came early in the game at the 11-minute mark when David Joyce crossed a pass that David Daniels was able to redirect into the goal for the Bruins first score.
The second goal came just seven minutes later as Kyle Gordon fed a pass to Alan Anaya, who put it into the goal to put the Bruins up 2-0.
A direct kick following a penalty on the Bruins for pushing made it past the outstretched hands of goalkeeper Alex Garibay to bring the Warriors within one.
Freshman Chris Barnett took a direct kick by Luis Gonzalez and headed it into the goal to put the Bruins up 3-1 with just two minutes left in the first half.
“It feels really good for my first goal,” Barnett said. “To be a freshman on varsity and score my first goal, it’s a great experience.”
The Bulldogs scored on a penalty kick to start the second half drawing within one goal of the Bruins.
The Bruins’ Fernando Villa picked up a rebound at the 50-minute mark in the second half of the game and put it past the outstretched hands of the Bulldog goalie to put the Bruins up 4-2 where the game finished.
“It definitely feels great,” Anaya said of the win. “We started the season rough on the road, so it feels good to have some home support.”
The Bruins will play on the road on Tuesday against Lancers of South Umpqua High School. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.