In a highly contentious game, the Brookings-Harbor girls soccer team fell short against conference rivals North Bend in a 2-0 loss at home on Thursday night.
With the loss, the Bruins (6-4 overall, 6-2 Far West League) have their four-game win streak snapped, while the Bulldogs (10-2, 8-0) have now won nine straight.
The Bruins were quick out of the gate and fired a number of shots early on, but to no avail. After surviving the early pressure, the Bulldogs took over and consistently pressured the Bruins through the remainder of the game, outshooting them 19-7.
“I think we let them have control of the game and that was the biggest change,” said Bruin head coach Fernando Villa. “We just let them have the momentum and we could not get it back; we just backed off.”
The Bulldogs found their opening in the 18th minute when freshman Kristina Powley converted a free kick by Morgan Bream off the left side. In the second half, the Bulldogs continued where they left his and limited the Bruins to only two shots (0 on goal) in the second half. And in the 45th minute, the Bulldogs once again hit paydirt, this time off a Bream corner kick, to decisively clinch the win.
While freshman goalkeeper Annie Nation had a strong performance with 11 saves, Villa noted that the team was lacking in some of its fundamentals.
“(Our) ball control and the passing was off,” Villa said. “If you can’t control the ball you cannot get good passes, and we lacked a lot on that.”
Moving forward, the Bruins will play against South Umpqua (Oct. 17) at home and Marshfield on the road next week to close out league play before moving on to state championships.
“(I’m looking) for two wins; that’s the only way to look at it, and then move on to see who we play in the play-offs,” Villa said. “If we have to play a play-in game, so be it, but it’s not the first time we’ve done it.”
Villa also noted that on top of winning, the goal for the next two games will be making sure the Bruins translate what they focus on in practice onto the field.
But they’re young, and it’s going to take time,” Villa said. “Hopefully we figure it out within the next two games.”