Bruins edge rival Colfax
For one game, the Bear River Bruins soccer team got it right.
On Tuesday, the Bruins turned a defensive standoff into an orchestrated attack on rival Colfax, beating the Falcons 1-0 in a Pioneer Valley league match.
It was one of the few night games the Bruins have played this year, a boost for a team that has more ties (3) than they have wins (2) in their respective league.
Bear River is now 2-2-3 in the PVL and 5-2-3 overall.
“That is a solid win,” said head coach Sukum Sai-Ngarm to his team. “A win and a shutout, and it’s Colfax.”
Forward Danny Delaveaga provided the sole goal of the game in the 39th minute of the second period. It was a shot well served. Delaveaga got the assist from David Sai-Ngarm, coach Sai-Ngarm’s son.
“I just curled it right behind the defense,” said the younger Sai-Ngarm of the assist.
“It was a perfect cross on the corner,” Delaveaga added.
The Bruins attacked the Colfax defense vigorously, compiling eight shots on goal – many of which were closely missed marks – and defended the middle of the field well enough to hold Colfax to only four shots on goal for the first 80 minutes. Then the Falcons kicked it up a notch.
“In the last 10 minutes they were putting everyone up front,” David Sai-Ngarm said. “But the defense played awesome.”
Colfax managed to get a couple of shots on goal in the waning minutes, including a scare in the third minute that caused a few gasps on the sideline and in the bleachers.
A Colfax forward advanced the ball on the left side of the field, slicing a shot on goal that hit the crossbar. In a mad scramble while keeper Ryan Bock was recovering, Bruin defenders withstood another shot on goal blocking the the ball with their bodies. The ball ricocheted to midfield.
It was relief from a tense moment and relief that the game was a win for coach Sai-Ngarm, especially because of the way the players had played together.
“We’ve been tying so many good teams, I think that they were ready to win,” Sai-Ngarm said. “They started to do what I was hoping they would do and they beat Colfax, which is a very good team.
“They were playing soccer well and they were playing together,” he said. “Winning is just the icing on the cake. It’s fun when you win like that.”
Sai-Ngarm has been the keeper of some of these soccer players for many years now while the coach has moved from team to team with his son. For keeper Bock, since he was 10 years old.
“He’s played for me for six, seven years now,” Sai-Ngarm said. “He’s been my keeper for a lot of teams.”
The Bear River keeper provided the final defensive stand for many of Colfax’s advances and attacks, playing well up on the ball and deflecting many goals. But with the help of a strong offensive attack, he didn’t face many real threats.
“This is the one that counts,” Delaveaga said. “Because it’s Colfax and it’s on our home field at night.”
Teammate Nathan Roberts agreed to a certain extent.
“Night games just pump us up,” Roberts said. “People actually come to the game and cheer us on.”
It appears, the Bruins and the fans got it right together.
To contact Sports Writer Zuri Berry, e-mail email@example.com or call 477-4244.
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