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The Brookings-Harbor boys and girls soccer teams concluded Far West League play against Marshfield on Thursday night. The girls will compete in a play-in game on Oct. 28th, while the boys have secured an automatic berth to state and will host the first round on Nov. 1.
Brookings-Harbor 6 Marshfield 0
Coming into Thursday night’s game against Marshfield, the Brookings-Harbor boys soccer team didn’t have much to play for as they had already clinched the Far West League Conference Title.
Nonetheless, the Bruins made sure to end their season on an emphatic note as they knocked down four goals in the second half to defeat Marshfield 6-0 and finish with an undefeated record of 9-0-1 in league play.
Four different Bruins scored on the night, with junior midfielder Luke Beaman and senior midfielder Sam Broberg leading the way with two goals apiece. Junior defender Roman Worthey and senior captain Izaiha Bruce each chipped in a goal as well.
“It was the best we’ve played probably all year as a team, (our ball movement) was amazing,” said head coach Jess Beaman.” This time it wasn’t just a couple of people scoring, so that was nice to see. Sometimes it seems like it’s one or two guys scoring or maybe just one, that time it was nice to see we scored off a header again, cause that’s how we started off the season scoring.
“We were finishing a lot into the open net and that’s what we want to do.”
Beaman scored early in the first half to put the Bruins up for good, and Bruce converted a cross up the middle by Worthey to Brookings-Harbor for a two-goal advantage just before the half.
Despite a thunder delay at halftime, the Bruins stayed hot out of the break and doubled their offensive output in the second half to put away the Pirates 6-0.
“We haven’t really played in a downpour yet, and the boys responded very well to the rain,” Beaman said. “In fact it seemed like it pumped them up to another level, and we played to the level that we can play to. It was pretty chilly, so it was good to play underneath the conditions for sure.”
With the win, the Bruins also cemented their status as the final Far West League champions. Next year, the league will be dissolved and the Bruins will move into the Umpqua River Valley League.
Looking ahead, Brookings-Harbor will now set their sights on the state playoffs, where they hope to realize their dreams of a state championship. The Bruins will host the first round on Nov. 1, but their opponents will not be decided until Oct. 28.
“You know, the last few practices have been good,” Beaman said. “They’ve been picking up the intensity of the practices and it’s nice to see that they’re starting to do that and keep the intensity right up to where it’s not going to be too intense where kids are getting hurt or anything like that; but I got to bring it up to where we’re ready to go because now the teams we’re going to start playing are going to be tougher than what we’ve been playing in league.”
Girls: Brookings-Harbor 4 Marshfield 0
The Brookings-Harbor girls soccer team shutout Marshfield in a 4-0 win on Thursday night at Pete Susick Stadium.
Junior midfielder Anna Serna paced the Bruins with two goals, while senior midfielder Abby Farmer and sophomore Avana Pettus registered a goal apiece.