The Brookings Bruins boys soccer team made a fantastic showing in the Rogue Memorial Cup over Memorial Day weekend by placing second place in the U18/U19 top division.
Filling in for Coach Jess Beaman over the weekend, the Bruins were directed by Luke Beaman and Anna Serna - both former BHHS soccer players. They played four preliminary games to qualify for the championship game Monday. Coming from the coast, this was not an easy feat on turf fields and with the hot temperatures of the valley. However, the team persevered and pulled out wins that surprised the club teams that came from all over Oregon and California.
The Bruins opened with a 1-0 win over Madras United as Yahir Alanis scored the lone goal. That was followed by a 2-2 tie against Rogue Valley Timbers as Jair Valdovinos and Fabian Villa scored.
On Sunday, the Bruins blanked Redding, California by a 3-0 score as Brian Valdovinos, Jair Valdovinos and Adrian Arias Chavez scored. The Bruins then tied Oregon United FC, 1-1, as Villas tallied a goal. The defense and goalkeeper played extraordinarily well, frustrating their opposing offenses.
Each team earned six points for a win, three points for a tie, one point for a shutout and a point for each goal. The teams with the top two points qualified for the championship game Monday. With 27 points after the first two days, the Bruins were in second place and only one point behind Oregon United FC - which had 28 points.
The Bruins lost the championship game on Monday to Oregon United FC, 3-0, but it was an intense game throughout. The Bruins had many chances to score but were unable to put the ball in the back of the net. Oregon United FC was the national champion in 2019, so the Bruins played the champions close.