By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
For the first time in Brookings-Harbor High School (BHHS) history, both boys' and girls' soccer teams will host a state playoff game on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
The girls team will be playing the winner of Catlin Gabel/Blanchet Catholic, who are playing today (Nov. 3), at 11 a.m. in the first game of the second round doubleheader.
At 2 p.m., the boys team will be taking on the Marist Spartans in second round action.
"I think this is huge for our school and our community," BHHS Activities Director Jon Young said. "It's something to be proud of and it helps the community get excited about our soccer program."
On the girls' side, the Lady Bruins finished a phenomenal year with an undefeated record of 14-0 and the Special District 3 Championship.
"It's gone really well all year," Coach Paul Angove said. "But the girls want to keep winning."
The Bruin defense has been stellar all year, allowing only three goals all season, while registering 11 shutouts, including a streak of nine straight games without giving up a goal.
On offense, the Bruins are led by senior Jessie Goergen and freshman Ashley Juarez, who have combined to score 34 of the Bruins 49 goals on the year.
Goergen leads the team with 18 goals, closely followed by Juarez, who has 16 goals on the year.
The Bruins will be playing the winner of the Catlin Gabel Eagles versus Blanchet Catholic Cavaliers game.
"I don't think they (Bruins) feel a lot of pressure," Angove said. "They're just going to go out and play hard. I think we're going to be ready."
Catlin Gabel was the second seed in Special District 1 with a league record of 6-1-1 and an overall record of 7-7-1.
The Eagles are one of the most storied soccer programs in the state, winning 12 of the last 15 state titles in their division.
Blanchet Catholic finished the year as the number three seed in Special District four with a league record of 6-2-1 and an overall record of 10-4-1.
In the boys game, the Bruins will be playing Marist for the second year in a row.
Last year, the Bruins dropped a heart-breaker to the Spartans in a rain-soaked 2-1 loss.
"I think we're going to do well against them this time," Coach Gabe Anaya said. "The kids are ready for this game. They've been ready since last year."
The Bruins ended regular season play with a league record of 9-2-1 to go along with a Far West League Championship.
Marist concluded league play as the second seed out of the Sky-Em league with a record of 6-3-1 and an overall record of 6-5-1.
The Bruins are 6-0 at home this year and have scored 26 goals while only allowing five goals at home, including two shutouts.
Their only loss at home in the last two years was suffered at the hands of the Spartans in last year's playoff game.
"We have a strong team and I think we're strong enough to be confident," Anaya said. "We just have to go out strong from the beginning and start winning early."
Both teams look to be tough on defense, with the Bruins only giving up 19 goals all year and the Spartans only allowing 18 goals.
But the Bruins have the advantage when it comes to offense, outscoring the Spartans 41-24 on the year.
The Bruins are led by the tandem of senior Mark Aguirre and junior Linden Loren, who have scored 27 of the Bruins 41 goals.
Loren leads the team with 14 goals while Aguirre has notched 13 on the year.
In last year's game, Aguirre scored the lone goal for the Bruins while Gabe Schepergerdes and Steven Bustrin, both who are playing again this year, scored the two goals for the Spartans.
Tickets for OSAA playoff games are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Associated Student Body cards and staff passes will not be accepted for this game, but one ticket will get you into both games.