BRUIN SOCCER PREPARES FOR PLAYOFF GAMES

October 31, 2008 11:00 pm

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.

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

For Anaya, that "little bit extra" means some additional preparation.

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

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

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

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

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

"It worked well against North Bend, and I think we'll play teams like them and better," 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.