The Brookings-Harbor boys and girls soccer teams completed the first half of conference play on Tuesday afternoon with wins against Douglas High. The boys improve to 7-0-1 overall (5-0 in Far West League) and the girls go up 4-3 (4-1).
For the No. 1 ranked Brookings-Harbor boys soccer team, Tuesday afternoon was just another day at the office, as they improved their undefeated streak to eight games with a 4-1 win over Marshfield at home.
Unlike previous games, the Bruins started the game off on a quick note as they constantly pressured the Pirate defense.
It wasn’t long before the Bruins scored their first goal of the game, a header by junior Roman Worthey off a corner kick by junior Luke Beaman in the 11th minute to go up for good.
“They realized we have started some games slower, but most of the time we get to some corners quickly and get some headers in there like that,” said head coach Luke Beaman. “That’s our bread and butter, we are taller and we do work on that a lot. I have kids that aren’t afraid to jump up into the air and put the ball in the back of the net. It’s a nice thing to have for sure.”
Five minutes later, Worthey scored another goal, this time off a header through the middle, to double the Bruin lead.
The Bruins were in control of the game throughout the entire half, but in the 35th minute the Pirates were able to sprint the ball upfield and scored their lone goal of the game just before the half.
“They got a ball through and they had some speed there, they made a good cross,” Beaman explained. “We were controlling the ball pretty much most of the first half, I think we got relaxed a little bit…
“It’s the same thing that usually happens at the start of our games, we try to past too much in the middle, I have really good midfielders and a really great passing team, and so what happens is they hang on to the ball a little too long in the middle and they don’t pass it out to the corners.”
In the second half, the Bruins tightened up their defense and did not allow the Pirate offense to get another shot on goal. The Pirates responded by containing the Bruins throughout the majority of the half as well, but Beaman and senior Sam Broberg each found the back of the net in the final eight minutes to clinch the game.
“It feels good, but I still think we need to keep moving forward towards the next game,” said senior captain Izaiha Bruce.
The Bruins will look to continue their winnings way on Thursday, where they will face Douglas on the road. The team defeated the Trojans 11-4 at home earlier this season.
As this is the final season of the Far West League (the Bruins will go to a 3A Conference next year), Beaman hopes to make it a memorable one for Brookings-Harbor.
“We want to be the undefeated 2017 League champions for sure.”
Coming into the season, Brookings-Harbor girls soccer head coach Fernando Villa knew that it would take awhile for his young squad to come together as a unit.
And on Tuesday afternoon, the Bruins looked as cohesive of a unit as they ever have as they shut-out Marshfield 8-0 in one of the most lopsided wins of the season so far.
“It takes team chemistry, it takes team bonding, and I think they’re starting to reach that point, it just takes a bit of time sometimes,” Villa said.
From the opening whistle the Bruins established control of the game and never relinquished it. The moments where the Pirates managed to get ahold of the ball were few and fleeting, as it wasn’t long until the Bruins regained possession. By the end of the game, the Bruins had attempted 30 shots — while holding the Pirates to 0.
The offensive load for the game was shouldered by senior Abby Farmer, who scored five of the team’s eight total goals.
The Bruins’ first goal of the game came in the ninth minute, when freshman Lexi Schofield connected with Farmer from the right side down the middle. Seven minutes later, Farmer once again found the back of the goal post, this time courtesy of a pass by junior Anna Serna. In the 32nd minute, Farmer capitalized off a pass by sophomore Addi Dresen for a hat trick, and a minute later Farmer found freshman Christina Davis for a 4-0 lead.
Before the end of the half, Farmer managed to drive home one more to goal in the 36th minute. In the second half, the Bruins only added to their score as Farmer, Serna and sophomore Avana Pettus each scored a goal.
Villa explained that the team’s chemistry today was the result of changes to the line-up.
“I moved the defense around, I put a new player in there and also the midfield got moved around with Abby coming from the defense up to the midfield, she was aggressive, helped out quite a bit and gave good passes,” Villa said. “(We) took a lot of shots, excellente excellent work from everybody today.”
The Bruins return to action Thursday against Douglas on the road. In their earlier meeting this season, the Bruins defeated the Trojans 10-1.