Bruins boys soccer

The Bruins faced off against Marshfield Pirates on Tuesday for a non-league game where they took a 2-0 win against their former league rivals.

The win puts the Bruins at a 1-0 overall record, while the team currently remains unranked in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A rankings.

The Pirates held the Bruins to 0-0 in first half but in the second, Bruins player Luke Beaman was able to set up and execute two quick shots to put the Bruins on top before the game wound down.

“It took us a little bit to get back into the groove of things and we were playing on a turf field, but once we got back into it we were able to move quick,” said Bruins coach Jess Beaman.

The Bruins start league play against the Coquille/Myrtle Point Red Devils next week. Beaman feels confident in the teams ability, citing their roster of experienced returning players as their biggest strength. The Red Devils aren’t a new team to the Bruins as they moved down with them to the new 3A league.

“We’ve have a lot of our roster returning from last year. I’m excited to start league play, we have a couple teams that are new to us, but the kids are ready and as the league goes on we’re only going to improve more and more,” Beaman said.

The Bruins travel to play their first game in their new 3A conference on Sept. 9 against the Coquille/Myrtle Point team starting at 5 p.m.

Bruins girls soccer

The Bruins girls soccer team took on the Illinois Valley Cougars on Wednesday and walked away with a wide 7-0 win. This puts the Bruins at 1-1 overall, but they currently remain unranked in the OSAA 3A/2A/1A rankings.

The game was 1-0 at half time, but after making some adjustments, the Bruins went on to score a whopping six goals in the second half. Avana Pettus scored the lion’s share of the points this week at six goals, while Anna Sona managed to score a single point as well.

Mickey Fulton also kept the Cougars in check by chasing down several hard drives to prevent them from shooting.

“The girls just worked really hard and decided to shoot for the higher end of things after our Eureka game last week,” said Bruins coach Kyla Siri.

According to Siri, the Bruins biggest improvement was the control of their passing game and their ability to make sure the ball reaches its intended target. With a consistent passing game, the Bruins were able to set up significantly more shots than their last game.

“We did a good job of being physical and getting to the ball and kept possession on Illinois Valley’s side of the field for most of the game,” Siri said.

Siri says that the team’s communication is also improving, with goalkeeper Annie Nation still adjusting to her role and using her position to keep an eye on the field.

The Bruins next opponent will be former league rival Marshfield. The Bruins will host the Pirates at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Bruins girls volleyball

The Bruins girls volleyball team started this week against McKinleyville on Wednesday where they faced a 3-0 set loss during a non-league game.

The Bruins then hosted the North Valley Knights on Thursday for a non-league game where they were met with another 3-0 loss at 25-13, 25-20 and 25-6. At 1-2 overall this season, the Bruins are currently rank No. 28 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

The Bruins fell behind mid-way through the first set against the Knights, but kept it close up until the 20-point mark during the second set. They then fell very far behind early on in the third set and were unable to make much headway.

“We’re trying to find the best lineups right now,” said Bruins coach Lorinda Shew. “We have a couple injured players and a couple holes we need to fill. We’re hoping to find what’s gonna be the best fit and we just haven’t found it yet.”

According to Shew, the team was slightly fatigued after playing back to back games this week. The Bruins were also unable to work on some of their lacking key skills highlighted in Wednesday’s game before playing again on Thursday.

Now that they have some practice time between games, Shew will focus the team on establishing a consistent defense, as well as polishing up their blocking game.

The Bruins next game will be Tuesday when they host the Illinois Valley Cougars at 6:30 p.m. for a non-league game.