By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
After not having scored a goal in their last two games, the Brookings-Harbor High School boys' soccer team tallied four goals en route to defeating the North Bend Bulldogs 4-1 Thursday.
"They played a good game," Coach Gabe Anaya said. "They hustled and they played with a lot of intensity."
In their first home game in two weeks, the Bruins used crisp passing and another solid defensive outing to keep the Bulldogs at bay.
"Our defense is strong," Anaya said. "There's a lot of talent on this team and if we keep playing as a team then we'll be fine."
Early on, both teams proved that goals would not be easy to come by as Bruin goalie Gabe Anaya and the opposing Bulldog goaltender both made spectacular saves to keep the scoreboard clean.
The Bruins didn't manage to get on the board until late in the first half.
Blake Peters launched a big throw-in that found Linden Loren in the middle who trapped the ball, turned and blasted it by the goalie for a 1-0 Bruin lead.
In the second half, the Bruins continued to play excellent defense and received stellar performances from Geoff Gowman, Jordan Weichers, Alan Freeman and Jose Munoz.
With the defense playing solid in the backfield, the Bruins had countless scoring opportunities up front.
Fifteen minutes into the half, Ryan Holler poked in a ball from a tough angle that glanced off the goalkeeper and found its way into the net to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
A short time later, Peters placed another booming throw-in at the feet of a teammate and this time Kevin Sthen was able to one-time it past an unsuspecting goalkeeper.
Just five minutes later, Peters assisted on his third goal of the day as his powerful throw-in found Juan Garcia who punched it into the back of the net for a 4-0 advantage.
North Bend was able to prevent being shut out as they got on the scoreboard with only seven minutes left on the clock for the final 4-1 score.
Skyler Shuford, Garcia, Sthen and Peters played aggressive in the midfield and made sharp passes throughout the game to get the ball forward to Loren and Mark Aguirre.
The next game for the Bruins will be against South Umpqua, who are currently tied with the Bruins, along with the Douglas Trojans, atop the Far West League standings. The game will be on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at South Umpqua at 4:30 p.m.