BRUIN SOCCER PREPARES FOR PLAYOFF GAMES

Brookings-Harbor High School is preparing to host two soccer playoff games on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Both the boys' and girls' teams finished first in their respective divisions. The result is a first-round bye week and the opportunity to host at least one home game each.

The boys are slated to start their match at noon, followed by the girls at 2:30 p.m.

Despite not knowing their opponent until the after the first-round matches on Saturday, Bruin Boys Varsity Head Coach Gabriel Anaya said he's expecting stiff competition.

andquot;In the playoffs, every team is good and you have to play 110 percent,andquot; he said. andquot;In these games you have to give that little bit extra.andquot;

For Anaya, that andquot;little bit extraandquot; means some additional preparation.

andquot;We've been working on conditioning,andquot; he said. andquot;In the playoffs, you have to be ready to play 100 minutes; overtime happens a lot.andquot;

According to Anaya, the team has also been practicing passing and corner kicks, in an attempt to maximize scoring.

andquot;We play an offense based game,andquot; he said. andquot;We don't sit back; we want to continue that.andquot;

As Anaya said, andquot;If it isn't broke, don't fix it.andquot;

The boys are going to continue with their three-forward formation, which, as Anaya said, was effective versus stronger competition.

andquot;It worked well against North Bend, and I think we'll play teams like them and better,andquot; he said.

Both the boys and the girls face single-elimination tournaments. If they hope to play next Saturday, either at home or on the road, they have to win in Tuesday's games.

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