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Bruins strong start continues

Having now watched his Bruins play a full three matchups on the pitch, Dave Molina has a tough question to answer about Bear River’s 2008 soccer squad.

Which is stronger, the Bruin offense or defense?

Both were on display Wednesday, when Bear River scored a 3-0 victory in a south county showdown on Forest Lake Christian’s home turf.



In addition to a 6-0 scrimmage against Golden Sierra and Tuesday’s season-opening 6-0 win over Marysville, the Bruins have now outscored three foes by a combined 15-0.

“The first two games weren’t really that tough – I think there were three shots on goal by Marysville – but this team (Forest Lake Christian) can score goals. They were speedy and they were dangerous.”




And they’re young. The Falcons graduated 14 seniors from its 20-man roster in 2007, a season that saw FLC post a 14-6-5 record, earn a Central Valley Christian League championship and qualified for the section semifinals. But the Falcons have experienced some growing pains after a 1-3 start to the 2008 campaign over the past seven days.

“We’ve had a lot of games back to back and not a lot of practice lately,” said senior Johnny Umamoto, a first-year member of the team. “I think we’re going to come together and get our team chemistry going. We just have to talk to each other better out there.”

Bear River dominated the field for the majority of the match, first breaking into the scoring column just before the halftime intermission. Danny Delaveaga took the ball inside the box, where teammate Danny Kistner kept it alive before Delaveaga drove it home for a 1-0 lead.

“He dropped it back to me and it was a little high,” said Kistner, a junior, “but he did a great job by following it and it went in.

“I think our strength is mostly on offense. We’ve got a lot of good offensive players. And our midfield is good at giving us through balls. They keep giving up opportunity for goals.”

The Bruins got another of those opportunities early in the second half, as Cavan Van Geem set up Alex Bolt for a goal and a 2-0 lead. Kistner later made it 3-0 off a nice pass from Tony Taylor.

As strong as the Bruins’ offensive attack has looked in the early season, the defense has been near perfect so far. Such balance between the two sides of the ball is an indicator of how far the Bear River program has come since its beginning.

“When we started nine or 10 years ago, (Forest Lake Christian) always beat us,” Molina said. “Now, though, we usually beat them. I think that’s a measure of the program and how it’s developed.

“This game we dominated a quality team.”

To contact Sports Editor Brian Hamilton, e-mail bhamilton@theunion.com or call 477-4240.


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