It was all smiles for the Brookings-Harbor boys and girls soccer teams on Senior Day, as the two teams took turns dismantling South Umpqua High on Tuesday afternoon.
Girls: Bruins 5 Lancers 1
After a slow start, the Bruins (7-4 overall, 7-2 Far West Conference) picked up the pace in the second half of the game to handedly beat South Umpqua 5-1.
The Bruins pushed the pace early, but did not find the back of the net until the 24th minute when sophomore forward Avana Pettus converted a cross by junior midfielder Anna Serna to go up 1-0.
While the Bruins set up camp on South Umpqua’s side of the field and outshot them 22-5, the Lancers made the most of their limited possessions when they blitzed down the field and knocked in an equalizer early in the second half.
It wasn’t long until the Bruins regained the lead however, as Serna connected with senior Abby Farmer inside the goal box less than a minute later. From then on, the Bruins only went on to build their lead when Serna notched in another goal after working around two defenders.
In the final 20 minutes of the game, senior midfielder Stephanie Birks found Farmer for another conversion inside the goal box to go up 4-1. For good measure, Farmer finessed a long cross shot into the back of the net for the final goal of the game.
Following the game, the Bruins celebrated the careers of seniors Stephanie Birks, Alex Contreras, Emma Leonard, Abby Farmer and Kayla Watson.
Boys: Bruins 12 Lancers 0
Against South Umpqua, it wasn’t a question of whether or not the No. 3 Bruins would win, but rather how many goals they would score by the end of the game.
And following a North Bend game where they were held scoreless for the first time all season, the offensive-minded Bruins responded with a season-high 12 goals against South Umpqua on Tuesday night.
The Bruins wasted no time returning to their scoring ways as senior midfielder Sam Broberg found the back of the net off a cross by junior midfielder Luke Beaman 30 seconds into the match. The goal was a sign of what was to come as Beaman connected with junior Roman Worthey for another goal only two minutes later to go up 2-0. In the eighth minute, senior forward Ryan Botnen put away a cross by senior forward Sterling Torrance, and six minutes later Beaman scored a solo goal to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead 15 minutes into the game.
Brookings-Harbor continued scoring at will throughout the half, including one header by Broberg that found its way into the net after bouncing off a Lancer’s foot in the 31st minute for a 7-0 advantage. Despite the lead, the Bruins never relented and a solo goal by Worthey put the Bruins up 9-0 in the minute just before the half.
The Bruins did not let off the pedal out of the break, as senior Jaime Cruz finessed his way into the goal box and converted a goal on his first touch of the game for an even 10-0 lead. Senior forward Michael Kreger knocked in a corner kick by senior captain Izaiha Bruce to tie the team’s season high in goals scored, and Bruce pounded in a goal from near the center mark to break it moments later.
In the closing moments of the game, several of the Bruin’s senior cast were subbed out to applause from their teammates in what may be their final game at home.
“I’m gonna miss them, I’ve had these kids ever since third grade in soccer with Brookings United,” said head coach Jess Beaman. “It’s going to be pretty hard for me to see them leaving; it’s going to be tough for me. I think of them as my own kids cause of all the time we spend together.
“We still got a good run to go, gotta get ready to focus up: We have Marshfield on Thursday and then playoffs, and that’s what we’ve focused on for all those years.”
The seniors for the boys soccer team are as follows: Jaime Cruz, Sy Sirchuk, Ryn Botnen, Izaiha Bruce, Sam Broberg, Zachary Carlson, Sterling Torrance and Bret Darger.
The Brookings-Harbor boys and girls soccer teams will travel to Marshfield on Thursday (Oct. 19) for their final league game. Gametime is 5 p.m. for girls and 7 p.m. for boys.