MARYSVILLE – The Bear River boys soccer team took on the some of the Sac-Joaquin Section?s best at the Marysville Jamboree at Riverfront Park Saturday.
The Bruins missed a win in their opener by a goal, then dropped three straight, but head coach Dave Molina still focused on the positives.
“We’ve only had four days to prepare, and that was an awful lot of soccer in such a short time, but I was very pleased. They showed a lot of guts and courage out there,” Molina said. “We didn’t score today, but the nuts and bolts are there. The goals will come.”
The format of the one-day tournament had teams play four 40-minute matches every two hours.
In their first match, the Bruins (0-3-1 overall) played inspired defense but couldn’t get their offense on track in a nil-all tie with Union Mine of El Dorado.
“We were fresh and they were fresh, and I thought we played them pretty tough,” Molina said.
The boys from Grass Valley then lost 4-0 to both Yuba City and Rio Americano of Sacramento to set the finale with old Sierra Foothill League foe Oakmont of Roseville.
The Bruins, who will be joined by Oakmont in the newly formed Pioneer Valley League this season, kept the Vikings out of goal in the first half, but gave up two second-half scores in a 2-0 loss.
He tallied five saves against Union Mine, then eight more against Oakmont.
“He did a (fantastic) job today. He had some great saves in the first match to save the shut out,” Molina said.
Molina also praised the play of Peter Sai-Ngarm, Eric Gustavson, Matt Tofte and Justin Popken.
“Peter came close to scoring (a lot of times). He was knocking on the door with a number of his shots today, but he couldn’t get one in. He’s definitely going to score a lot of goals for us this year. We need to find some more attacking personalities like him,” Molina said.
Next up for the Bruins will be the Fifth Annual Bear River Alumni match under the lights at J. David Ramsey Stadium 8:30 p.m. Friday.
Molina said match has been a favorite of both fans and players alike since it began in 1997.
8/30 Alumni Game Bear River 8:30 p.m.
9/3 @ Marysville 4 p.m.
9/5 @Placer of Auburn 4 p.m.
9/10 v. Nevada Union 3:45 p.m.
9/12 @Forest Lake Christian 4 p.m.
9/17 @Lincoln* 3:30 p.m.
9/19 @Mira Loma of Sacramento* 3:30 p.m.
9/24 v. Johnson West of Sacramento* 3:30 p.m.
9/26 v. Mesa Verde of Citrus Heights* 3:30 p.m.
10/3 @Colfax* 4 p.m.
10/8 v. Oakmont of Roseville* 4 p.m.
10/10 v. Lincoln* 4 p.m.
10/15 v. Mira Loma* 4 p.m.
10/17 @Johnson West* 4 p.m.
10/21 v. Forest Lake Christian 4 p.m.
10/22 @Mesa Verde* 4 p.m.
10/29 v. Colfax* 4 p.m.
10/31 @ Oakmont* 4 p.m.
* Denotes Pioneer Valley League match
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