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Brooke boys gain confidence ahead of tournament, shut down Golden Bears

BATTLING — Brooke’s Hunter Adams and Oak Glen’s Evan Logston battle for possession on Thursday. - Andrew Grimm

NEW MANCHESTER — With the tournament fast approaching, teams are looking for things to build on.

The Brooke boys soccer team got a huge boost of confidence, winning 8-0 in the first game of a boys/girls doubleheader in support of the Shop with a Cop initiative with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

“We have been working very well and working very hard,” Brooke head coach Joe Pepe said. “We play a very tough schedule, so we have to play hard. It is a good confidence-builder.

“Oak Glen played very hard. They are very well schooled. They will be a tough team (in the tournament).”

Josh Ferguson connected for three goals and an assist, Juan Gotor Blanes two goals and an assist and Blaise Buchmelter a goal and an assist for the Bruins (5-11-2).

Oak Glen (6-8-5) keeper Jacob Clark kept the Golden Bears in the game as long as he could, but eventually the Bruins pressure just simply became too much.

“Jacob is something special,” Oak Glen head coach Jaison Polly said. “That kid is amazing every game. I would say he’s probably the best goalkeeper in the state.”

It was a 2-0 lead for the Bruins at halftime, with goals from Ferguson and Blanes.

The second half was all Brooke.

“In the beginning of the game, we held formation well,” Polly said. “The back line was up higher, the midfield was up higher. They started to get possession down low on us. We just kept trying to sink in and they kept bringing numbers, which allowed them to play in our half.

“The first 15 minutes we played well. After that, we just kind of lost it.”

Alex Isinghood and Colin Wounaris also scored for the Bruins in the second half. Andrew Coursin made six saves in goal for the shutout.

“I hope we’re coming into our own,” Pepe said. “I’m proud of all of these kids. We’re getting some people healthy again and getting things ready to go for the second season.”

UP NEXT

Brooke: Travels to North Marion for its final regular season game on Saturday.

Oak Glen: Off until Monday when it opens Class AA/A sectional play against Magnolia at home.

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