North Bend’s girls soccer team beat Brookings-Harbor 2-0 on Thursday to clinch at least a share of the Far West League title and the league’s top seed to the postseason.
The Bulldogs completed a sweep of the Bruins in a battle of the league’s top two teams to stay perfect in league play at 8-0 with two matches to go.
Morgan Bream scored in the first half for North Bend and Megan Proett had a goal off a corner kick in the second half.
“It’s a tough place to win down here,” North Bend coach Dustin Hood said. “It’s a great result for us.”
Brookings-Harbor fell to 6-2 but firmly in control of the race for second place and the league’s second seed in the postseason.
Coquille 3, Douglas 0: The combined Coquille-Myrtle Point squad got all three goals in the second half to pick up a vital home win over the Trojans, keeping in the playoff chase.
Autumn Morrison scored in the 56th minute with an assist from Jordyn Tippett and Tippett added two goals of her own in the final five minutes, one assisted by Ashly Olson.
“It was a very good game,” Coquille coach Mark Usselman said.
The DevilCats improved to 4-4-0, with their biggest match coming in the season finale next week at South Umpqua. The Lancers are 4-3-1 and beat Coquille in their first meeting.
Coquille is at North Bend and South Umpqua at Brookings-Harbor on Tuesday, meaning they likely will be in the same position heading into their match Thursday, with the DevilCats needing a win to advance to the play-in round instead of the Lancers.
South Umpqua 2, Marshfield 0: The Lancers shut out the visiting Pirates to keep pace with the DevilCats in the standings.
Jadyn Vermillion had both South Umpqua goals on assists from Hannah Lowell, one in each half.
Marshfield had tied the Lancers when they met earlier in the season in Coos Bay.
North Bend 0, Brookings-Harbor 0: The Bulldogs became the first team to not lose to the Bruins in a league match, though Brookings-Harbor still clinched the league title with the draw.
North Bend gave itself a potential advantage in the race for second place, since Marshfield still has to play the Bruins.
Both teams also play Douglas next week. The Trojans tied the Bulldogs and Pirates in the first round of league play and are also in the mix for the two postseason spots behind the Bruins.
North Bend coach Kirk Wicks said it was a great team effort.
“They kept their heads up and didn’t get caught up with the constant chatter from the other team’s players, coach and fans,” Wicks said. “They stayed focused on the job at hand and really came together as a whole team, lifting one another up and backing each other up.”
North Bend also got a huge save on a penalty kick by goalie August Baker to preserve the draw.
“We have the best goalie in the state,” Wicks said.
Marshfield 5, South Umpqua 2: The Pirates built a 5-0 lead on the host Lancers before South Umpqua scored two runs off Marshfield’s younger players.
The win put Marshfield in second place, though they still have to play Douglas and Brookings-Harbor next week.
Christian Milan had two goals for the Pirates and Anthony Salinas, Pedro Casas and Miguel Flores all scored a goal.
The Pirates visit the Trojans on Tuesday and host the Bruins on Thursday.
“Big game for us Tuesday,” Marshfield coach Drew Jones said.
Douglas 2, Coquille 1: The Trojans kept pace with the Bulldogs and Pirates with their win over the DevilCats in Coquille.
Paolo Debellis scored Coquille’s goal.