It was a slow start for the Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer team on Thursday night, but they were able to put enough balls in the net to claim a 3-1 victory over the visiting Bulldogs of Sutherlin High School.
Senior Wyatt Aldrich - who was celebrating his birthday on Thursday - had two of the three Bruins' goals.
"They told me that I need to score seven, but I think two is enough," Aldrich said after the game. "I think it was great to help our team get a win in a really tough game."
Bruins' senior David Joyce scored the first goal of the game at the 34th minute with a shot that was kicked hard enough to break back the goalkeeper's hand and still make it to the back of the net.
Sutherlin responded quickly though, scoring their only goal just two minutes later on a break-away play that had Bruins' goalie Carlos Lira diving for, and just missing, the ball as it went in the net.
"I think this game should have been resolved earlier," Head Coach Gabe Anaya said. "We had a lot of opportunities. We had some really good passing today, but we were rushing too much and didn't get our shots off. Our passing is pretty good, we just rushed too much."
Aldrich scored the first of his two goals at just three minutes into the second half. His second came with only six minutes left in the game.
The Bruins kept the ball on their half of the pitch and utilized backward passing with great skill but were just unable to convert the passing into scores.
"It wasn't bad," junior Fernando Villa said. "I feel that we weren't playing bad but we didn't get enough shots off. The second half we did a lot better."
"We've got to do what we're doing and keep on moving forward," he added.
The Bruins are currently ranked fourth in the state and are unbeaten in this season's play.
The Bruins will travel to South Umpqua on Tuesday to face the win-less Lancers at 5 p.m.