Rain? Cold? No problem

By Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer October 23, 2012 09:54 pm

Bruins forward David Daniels goes down in a puddle after being shoved by a Pacific player during the Bruins’ 8-0 victory. Cold and wet conditions didn’t phase the Bruins in their shutout of the Pirates and curtailed the notoriously physical play that has historically been present in games between the two teams. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Bruins forward David Daniels goes down in a puddle after being shoved by a Pacific player during the Bruins’ 8-0 victory. Cold and wet conditions didn’t phase the Bruins in their shutout of the Pirates and curtailed the notoriously physical play that has historically been present in games between the two teams. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Disregarding the smell of melting cloth and burning hair, a number of starters for the Brookings-Harbor High School boys soccer team spent the majority of the second half of Monday’s game crowded around a propane-fueled space heater trying to keep warm enough that they could still feel their fingers and toes.

The starters had earned a reprieve from the hail, rain and extremely cold weather by putting six of eight goals in the nets in the 8-0 shutout of the Pacific High School Pirates. 

“It feels good to win 8-0 on our senior night,” Alan Anaya said of the win. 

The Bruins use the win to advance to 11-1 in Far West League play and a share of first place with the Bulldogs of North Bend. 

With the tie, the Bruins will play a tie-breaker game against North Bend at noon on Saturday at Pacific High School outside of Bandon – a neutral site.

“We’re going to be practicing super hard and make sure we’re ready for that game,” Anaya said. “We’ll be prepared – nutritionally, mentally and physically – to come out strong. We know what we need to do, we just need to be ready for it.”

Senior Luis Rodriguez started the scoring drive against the Pirates at the 24-minute mark and then added a second goal to his total just three minutes later.

Bryce Aldrich scored on a penalty kick in the 30th minute to take the Bruins to a three-point lead headed into the half.

Senior Cole Hannan opened the second half by weaving his way through multiple defenders and taking the ball all the way from the Bruins’ end of the field to just feet away from the Bulldogs’ goal and score in the 43rd minute. He was followed just seconds later by Derek Hodge with a quick second-half goal. 

Senior Kyle Gordon got on the books in his final regular-season home game with a goal in the 60th minute.

Nels Johnson scored a goal in the 67th minute before freshman Riley Frazier scored the Bruins’ eighth and final goal in the 80th minute of the game. 

The goal was Frazier’s first varsity goal of the season and he thought it felt pretty good.

“It was kind of unexpected,” Frazier said. “I thought Chris (Barnett) would get the ball and when it went through his legs, it was just right there and I put it in.”