The Bruins 13-game winning streak was ended on Saturday when they went up against the Oregon Episcopal Aardvarks in the quarterfinals of the 3A state playoffs. The game ended at a wide 7-0 in the Aardvarks favor.
“It ended as a rough one, but started very strong. The girls played very well and were only down 1-0 at halftime. OES had very strong passing that was very tough for us to anticipate, like the ball was on a magnet and a string at the same time,” said Bruins coach Kyla Siri.
The Bruins season draws to a close in the quarterfinal round of the 3A state playoffs after their game against the Aardvarks, after having defeated the Lakeview Honkers 3-2 in the first round. In league, they were undefeated at 10-0 and ranked No. 6 in the OSAA 3A state rankings at 14-2 overall. They scored a total of 93 goals overall this year while only giving up a total of 20.
Saturday’s game was close at first with the Bruins keeping things at 1-0 in the Aardvarks favor at halftime. The Bruins lost control in second half however and fell to the Aardvarks strong passing game as they scored up to 7-0.
The Bruins were also unable to mount a strong offense and get the ball to their offensive players as the Aardvarks anticipated most of their plays, according to Siri. The Bruins ran a good offside trap against the Aardvarks and were able to cash in on an abundance of offside calls, but were unable to gain enough momentum to score.
The Aardvarks also played a more physical game than the Bruins were used to this season and were eventually worn down by the pressure the Aardvarks put on their defensive players.
“Overall, I’m super proud of the girls for going this far and holding one of the best teams in the state to 1-0 at halftime. In the end they just had some really good passing, but we did well,” Siri said.
The Bruins graduate four seniors this year and say goodbye to Sandra Sullivan, Mickey Fulton, Anna Serna and Elena Morosky.
“I think the girls really underestimated how far they could go this season, but now the younger players have a test of that,” Siri said. “There will be some big shoes to fill and I’m looking forward to a good rebuilding year.”
The Bruins currently plan to host their awards banquet right after Thanksgiving break.