By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

Yet another shutout victory has kept the Bruins on a nine-game winning this week as they defeated the Sutherlin Bulldogs again on Tuesday at a wide 9-0. This was an even wider victory than the first time the two faced off on Sept. 14, when the Bruins beat the Bulldogs 7-0.

“The kids all stepped up today,” said Bruins coach Jess Beaman. “They’re moving the ball and playing as a team more. There have been times we’ve been able to do one touches all the way down from the 18 to the other 18. That’s impressive.”

The Bruins are 10-1 overall this season, which currently has them ranked No. 3 in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A rankings. If they can retain a spot in the top three, they’ll have a better chance of keeping the home field advantage when state playoffs roll around at the end of the month.

In league, the Bruins are currently 9-0 securely in first place of the OSAA Special District 4. The next closest tea, are the Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian Lions in second with a 5-2 record. The Bruins have had 70 goals scored this season, while only being scored on twice by Mazama in a non-league game.

Tuesday’s game started strong for the Bruins as they scored up to a strong 5-0 lead by half time, despite heavy wind in their face at the start of the game. The second half was more of the same, as the Brins managed another four uncontested points to wrap things up at 9-0 with another clean win.

The top scorer for the Bruins this game was Jair Valdovinos with four, followed close behind by Luke Beaman at three. Brayden Holler and Austin Fronckowiak rounded things off with a single goal each. Luke Beaman led the team in assists with three.

The Bruins played a strong on-the-ground passing game that minimize interference from the heavy fall winds. They maintained solid possession for most of the game as usual and their usual strong defense shut down any defense efforts by the Bulldogs.

“The wind was blowing today and I wasn’t sure how that was going to affect us,” Beaman said. “I was surprised we scored so much in the first half, but yesterday we made sure to practice going that direction with the offense to help us get used to playing in the wind.”

The Bruins travel to Myrtle Creek on Thursday to take on the South Umpqua Lancers at 4 p.m. the Bruins defeated the Lancers at a wide 9-0 when they played their first game earlier this season.

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