Brooke Blofsky (center) slides to clear a ball from the backfield while goalie Ellen Stadelman (far left) prepares for a shot and defenders Monica Mitchell (6) and Ciara Freeman (7) come to help. (The Pilot/Jef Hatch).
By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
For the third time this season, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team dominated their opponents with overwhelming defense and recorded a shutout against the Sutherlin Bulldogs in a 3-0 victory.
The Bruins (5-0) have now only allowed two goals in five games and have outscored their opponents 16-2.
andquot;That's two games in a row where haven't really allowed a legitimate shot,andquot; Coach Paul Angove said. andquot;When you play defense that well, don't allow shots on goal, help each other out and talk, you're going to win a lot of games.andquot; Goalie Ellen Stadelman recorded her third shutout of the year without having to make any difficult saves.
Stadelman has gotten solid performances from the defense in front of her in the Bruins' five wins.
Brooke Blofsky, Jeana Hensley, Monica Mitchell and Lizeth Ochoa, along with Ciara Freeman, did a great job protecting Stadelman and keeping the Bulldogs away from the goal.
And instead of just clearing the ball from the backfield, the Bruin defenders were able to make precise passes up to the midfielders and forwards.
andquot;They're smart enough to know when to clear the ball and when to pass,andquot; Angove said. andquot;The whole team is starting to get really confident.andquot; Once again, the midfield quartet of Molly Moncrief, Jillian McCool, Ally Manley and Kara Miller controlled the center of the field for the Bruins.
andquot;The passing was brilliant,andquot; assistant coach Peter Mitchell said. andquot;From the defense all the way up to the offense.andquot; In the 23rd minute, the Bruins were issued a penalty kick for a foul in the box and Jessie Goergen easily put the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
The Bruins almost took a two-goal lead into halftime, but a beautiful goal headed in by Kayla Hamm was called back because of offsides.
Three minutes into the second half, Goergen delivered a perfect corner kick that Ashley Juarez headed in for a 2-0 Bruin lead.
Just five minutes later, Goergen fired another beautiful corner kick into the box that Juarez got her head on, but a Sutherlin defender grabbed it with her hands, giving the Bruins another penalty kick.
Goergen easily converted on her second penalty kick of the game for her eighth goal of the year to give the Bruins the 3-0 win.
With Juarez's second half goal, she has now scored in each of the Bruins' five games.
The Bruins look to extend their unbeaten streak to six games as they take on the North Bend Bulldogs under the lights on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in North Bend.