The Bruins took one of their final steps towards an undefeated league season Monday when they defeated the Glide Wildcats at an uncontested 13-0 during their Senior Night celebration.
The team said farewell to seven seniors, many of whom Bruins coach Jess Beaman has been working since middle school.
“It was a little emotional because out of those seven seniors I’ve been coaching since the fifth grade, playing travel ball. So it’s gonna be tough. They’re great kids and always have been and they and their parents have been great,” Beaman said. “A real shoutout goes to the parents for dragging them everywhere I want to take them, from Portland to San Jose.”
The Bruins continue their 10-game winning steak with a staggering 11-0 league record to leave them sitting comfortably in first place of the 3A Special District 4. At 12-1 overall this season, the Bruins are ranked No. 3 in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A rankings.
A usual strong opening for the Bruins put them comfortably ahead in the first half on Monday. After scoring several goals in the very beginning of the game, they went on to end the first half at a wide 7-0. Maintaining a strong possession, the Bruins went on to score another six goals in the second half to end at an uncontested 13-0.
Luke Beaman led the team in goals with five with Jair Valdovinos coming in next best with two goals. Jake Beaman led in assists with two.
Beaman was impressed that the Bruins picked themselves up and put out a good effort for their final home game of their regular season.
“We had a great game for our senior night, with a lot of good passing and touches,” Beaman said. “The score doesn’t show it, but the teams we’ve played this year aren’t bad. We’ve just had a lot more time together on the ball.”
Moving forward, Beaman will be stressing the importance of quick passing and touch play when they go up against the Douglas Trojans again on Thursday.
“They’re well coached, but if we can move quickly and stay on the ball they won’t be able to move guys around and stay on top of us,” Beaman said. “We really just need to make sure we play unselfish, which we’ve done very well this year.”
The Bruins play their final regular season game on Thursday in Winston when they take on the Douglas Trojans at 5 p.m. If the Bruins defeat the Trojans there, they’ll have secured a clean 12-0 undefeated league season. If they can maintain their spot at rank No. 3 in the OSAA 3A rankings, they’ll have a good chance of gaining the home field advantage when they start the first round of playoffs on Oct. 30.
Before playoffs however, Beaman hopes to schedule an extra non-league game before the Bruins advance to playoffs. Currently, he hopes to arrange a non-league game with North Valley, who are currently also first in their league. Phoenix and Mazama are also two competitive options that Beaman has scoped out for a final game, but the Bruins will have to wait until league play wraps up to know for certain.
“All those guys are ranked really strong and really high, but rankings won’t matter anymore after a certain point,” Beaman said. “It’s just a game and hopefully it will be a competitive one that we could see ourselves getting beaten up a little bit in. After a strong season like this we need something like that to get our guys woken up.”