By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

In their first game of the year, the Brookings-Harbor High School girls' soccer team used good ball control and excellent passing in their 3-1 win over the Coquille Red Devils.

andquot;We played really well,andquot; Coach Paul Angove said. andquot;We controlled the middle of the field, passed the ball well and took a lot of legitimate shots.andquot;

The Bruins controlled the ball for the majority of the first half and peppered Coquille's goal, but couldn't find the back of the net until late in the first half.

With only four minutes left, Jessie Goergen made a quick juke in the goal box and fired a hard shot from about 15 yards out that went off the goalie's hands and into the back of the goal.

In the second half, Goergen tallied her second goal of the game four minutes in as she blasted a shot from 18 yards out that found the top corner to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.

Trailing by a pair of goals, the Red Devils started to put on some pressure, but Brooke Blofsky and Lizeth Ochoa came up with some big stops in the backfield to thwart the attack.

After seeing several of her shots just barely miss their mark, Ashley Juarez put the Bruins up 3-0 as she got by the defense and put the ball over the goalie's head and in with just about eight minutes left in the game.

But the Red Devils answered right back with a quick drive down the field where they were able to poke the ball by goalie Ellen Stadelman to cut the lead to 3-1.

The Red Devil goal proved to be too little too late as the Bruins regrouped themselves and held on for the win.

The Bruin midfield did a good job controlling the ball while Ally Manley did a great job distributing the ball to the forwards.

andquot;I'd like to thank all the fans for their support,andquot; Angove said. andquot;It means a lot to us and it should be an exciting season.andquot;

The next game for the Bruins will be an away contest on Thursday, Sept. 13 at Douglas at 4:30 p.m.