PREP SOCCER: Bruins set for 2nd ever playoff run |

PREP SOCCER: Bruins set for 2nd ever playoff run

For the second straight season and the second time ever, the Bear River boys soccer team is in the playoffs.

After struggling to a 1-5 start in Pioneer Valley League play, the Bruins won three of their last four to earn the third and final playoff spot allotted to the PVL.

Bear River earned the No. 8 seed in the Sac-Joaquin Section D-V bracket and will travel to face No. 1 seed Linden at 6:30 p.m. today.

Despite drawing the top seed in round one of the playoffs, head coach Dan Buxton said he is confident in his team’s abilities.

“From a soccer standpoint, this is probably the most talented group of kids I’ve seen at Bear River.”Dan BuxtonBear River head coach

“From a soccer standpoint, this is probably the most talented group of kids I’ve seen at Bear River,” Buxton said. “They have great field vision and good footwork. We’re just a physically small team, but our soccer skills exceed our body weight.”

After the poor start to the league season, the Bruins (6-9, 4-6 PVL) altered their approach and the results have been much better.

“We changed our whole strategy to a primarily defensive team and just looked for opportunities to attack,” said Buxton.

Since adapting their approach the Bruins have been on a tear, winning three of their last four, including a win over Placer, 1-0, in the regular season finale to earn the berth into the postseason.

The recent run of success has the Bruins feeling confident, said Buxton.

Bear River is led by senior Nic Hubacz, who is the team’s top scoring threat. On the defensive side, Nick Collyer and Jake Silva standout for the Bruins. Bear River also boasts a talented goalie in senior Joey Cressa.

Falcons get into playoffs despite poor league record

Forest Lake Christian will also compete in the postseason after earning the No. 7 seed in the D-VII bracket.

The Falcons will be on the road today, facing No. 2 seed Sacramento Country Day.

The Central Valley California League is allotted three automatic playoff spots. The CVCL had only four teams this season and the Falcons (5-12-1, 2-7 CVCL) took third place behind Delta and Sac Waldorf.

To contact Sports Editor Walter Ford, call 530-477-4232 or email

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