Bruins boys soccer
The Bruins secured their spot as first in the league on Thursday defeating the second-place Umpqua Valley Christian/Melrose Christian Lions with a solid 2-0 win.
The two teams faced off earlier in the season on Sept. 11, with the Bruins taking a wide 7-0 victory.
The Lions kept things closer than any other league opponent this season, but in the end, the Bruns preserved their clean sheet scoresheet with a total of 67 goals scored and no points given up in league play.
The Bruins remain at the top of the league standings, undefeated with an 8-0 streak. The Lions and Glide follow on the rankings at second with 5-2 and third with 5-3, respectively. At 9-1 overall, the Bruins retain their spot a No. 9 in the OSAA 3A rankings.
According to Bruins coach Jess Beaman, the Bruins maintained possession for the majority of the game, preventing the Lions from mounting any serious offensive plays. The Lions put up a strong defensive effort and managed to block many of the Bruins shots. Two goals from Fabian Villa, assisted by Jake Beaman and Jair Valdovinos, managed to slip through in the first and second half.
“We had a hard time since they marked up Luke (Beaman) very well and kept two guys on him the whole time,” Beaman said. “We were moving the ball and probably did it the best we have all year. They had a good goalkeeper that saved a lot of great shots we had on him and overall it was a very physical game. It was probably our best game of the season.”
Beaman says this game was especially solid considering the Bruins had several players out because of injury and a few younger players who were subbed in did an excellent job making up the difference on defense.
This Tuesday the Bruins pick things back up against Sutherlin for another rematch game at 4 p.m., hosted by the Bruins. Then Thursday, the Bruins will travel to take on the South Umpqua Lancers at 4 p.m.
Bruins girls soccer
After wrapping up the first half of league play against the Coquille/Myrtle Point Red Devils on Tuesday with a colossal 14-1 win, the Bruins will be taking a breather until Monday when they face the Douglas Trojans again at 5 p.m. in Winston. The Bruins beat the Trojans 6-0 when they hosted them in Brookings on Sept. 25.
The Bruins volleyball team faced off against South Umpqua Lancers on Tuesday for a 3-0 loss at 25-15, 25-4 and 25-17. The Lancers, who are currently undefeated in first place of the Far West League, continue their seven-game winning streak.
“I have to hand it to them, they were a seasoned team solid all around,” said Bruins coach Lorina Shew.
According to Shew, the Bruins saw great improvement this game with high serving accuracy and a season-high for blocking with four blocks for points. She said the Bruins ultimately fell flat when it came to unforced hitting errors and difficulty with serve receives that proved costly for the team in the long run.
Sanoe Fanene led the team in kills with four, with Gracie Harms right behind with three and also taking top kills at three. The Bruins blocks were split up with Sanoe at two and one each for Cartyr Fitzhugh and Sierra Fitzhugh.
The Bruins play again on Tuesday when they host the Douglas Trojans for a rematch game at 6:30 p.m. They’ll go on to host again on Thursday when they take on Cascade Christian at 6:30 p.m.
Bruins cross country
The Bruins cross country team travels to Rogue State Park today near Gold Hill to compete in the Southern Oregon Invite cross country meet. Their first event will start at 10 a.m.
According to Bruins coach Terry Axel, this meet will provide the team with a much-needed tour of the district course, which they will return to on Oct. 25 for their final meet of the season.
The Panthers kicked off league play on Friday when they traveled to Toledo to play the Boomers. They play again on Friday when they host Reedsport at 7 p.m.
The Panthers volleyball team got revenge on the Waldport Irish on Thursday by coming away with a 3-1 win after losing 3-1 in their first match earlier in the season. They’re currently 4-7 overall this season, ranked No. 34 in the OSAA 2A rankings. In league, the Panthers are 3-5 at fifth place. The Panthers play again on Monday when they host Coquille at 6:30 p.m.
Continuing their season as an independent co-ed team, the Panthers soccer team will host South Umpqua on Tuesday at 4 p.m. for a junior varsity game. They’ll then host the Eagle Point JV team on Wednesday for a rematch at 4 p.m.