|OFFENSE EXPLODES IN BRUINS' 8-0 WIN OVER NORTH BEND|
|October 23, 2007 11:00 pm|
By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
In their final regular season home game, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team made a statement to teams around the state as they rolled over the North Bend Bulldogs 8-0 Tuesday afternoon.
"We played really well tonight," Coach Paul Angove said. "I felt like we flexed our muscles a little bit and imposed our will on the game."
The Bruins (13-0) had their highest goal output of the year and extended their shutout streak to nine straight games.
"Everything's just clicking and going great," senior Jessie Goergen said. "We're all getting so much smarter in the way we play and everybody really trusts each other."
In the 18th minute, the Bruins notched their first goal of the game as Goergen sent a corner kick into a mess of players that Ashley Juarez was able to tap in for her first of three goals on the night.
Twenty minutes later, Kayla Hamm put the Bruins up 2-0 as she knocked in a loose ball for her first of three goals.
With just over two minutes left in the first half, Goergen crossed a perfect ball to Juarez who headed in her second goal to give the Bruins a 3-0 advantage at the half.
The Bruins continued to pressure the Bulldogs in the second half, scoring five more goals in the blow out win.
Kara Miller scored her first goal of the game ten minutes into the second half during a melee in front of the net that deflected off a North Bend defender and past the goalkeeper for a 4-0 lead.
Juarez completed her hat trick in the 56th minute as she took a Goergen corner kick and lofted it over the head of the goalie for the Bruins' fifth goal of the game.
Once again, the Bruins converted on a corner kick three minutes later as Goergen skipped a ball across the ground that Miller one-touched into the top corner for her second goal of the game.
Just two minutes later, Goergen recorded her sixth assist of the game as she lifted a perfect cross to Hamm, who pounded it home.
Hamm then completed her hat trick as she received a beautiful cross from Juarez and headed it into the back of the net to give the Bruins the 8-0 win.
Tuesday was also Senior Night for the Bruins as they honored five seniors in their final regular season home game.
Goergen, Miller, Brooke Blofsky and Ellen Stadelman all played big roles in the Bruin win.
Senior Jeana Hensley, who usually starts in the Bruins fantastic backfield, was unable to play.
With the help of Blofsky, Lizeth Ochoa, Monica Mitchell and Ciara Freeman, Stadelman was able to record her 11th shutout of the season.
In the middle of the field, the Bruins got outstanding performances from Molly Moncrief, Jillian McCool, Ally Manley as well as Sonja Gonzalez.
On Thursday, Oct. 25, the Bruins can complete their undefeated league season with a win against South Umpqua before preparing for the state playoffs.
"I think that the playoffs are going to be our true test," Goergen said. "This team has something no other team has and I believe we have a realistic chance to go all the way."
The Bruins take on the Lancers at South Umpqua at 4:30 p.m.