09 March -- Knights down Bruins in opener
In the season opener, the Bruins fell by the score of 1 - 0 to a talented Lone Peak squad.
Typical of an early season game, the Bruins moved the ball well at times and struggled at others. First half offensive attacks ended in dangerous shots on goal by Ryan VandenBos and Chris Zamorano. Header opportunities by Ricky Armstrong and Jayden Adams also proved dangerous but failed to find the back of the net. Lone Peak, however, fared no better in the first half as the Bruin defense, led by senior captain Kade Hernandez, kept the Knights off the scoreboard as well.
The second half continued much like the first, with the two teams trading momentum and opportunities throughout the half. Knotted at 0-0, the Knights scored in the 73rd minute to take the 1-0 lead. With the Bruins unable to convert several corner opportunities and offensive attacks over the last five minutes, the Knights held on for the 1-0 win.
10 march -- Bruins drop tough 1-0 game to pioneers
Despite controlling possession and generating more scoring opportunities, the Bruins were unable to net any goals in a 1-0 loss to the Lehi Pioneers.
Showing marked improvement over their first game, the Bruins came out with energy, aggressively winning balls and connecting passes to maintain possession and control in the Pioneers end of the field. Chris Zamorano, Luis Diaz, Ryan VandenBos, and Efren Toboada led the offensive attack, moving well both on and off the ball to create several dangerous scoring opportunities, with both Efren and Jondre Davila having great shots on goal inside the penalty box. The defensive midfield of Sheridan Ruvulcaba, Jondre, and Kaleb Chavez controlled the midfield, anticipating and stepping in on Pioneer passes to maintain Bruin possession and initiate the attack forward. The back line of Kade Hernandez, Jake Schow, Preston Madsen, Tyell Gustavson, Justin Casetta, and goalkeeper Paul Wynn, when pressured by the Pioneer attack, stayed composed and shut down the Pioneer's scoring opportunities. The half ended in a 0-0 tie, but with the Bruins in control it seemed like just a matter of time before a goal or two would come.
The second half proved to be much the same, with the Bruins seemingly on the verge of getting a goal. Unfortunately, in the 63rd minute the Pioneers scored on a quick counter-attack. With time running out and Lehi milking the clock, the Bruins generated several additional opportunities but just couldn't find the equalizing goal.
11 March -- cavemen club bruins
The American Fork Cavemen beat the Bruin Varsity 5-1 and the Bruin JV 4-1 in the final games of the Mountain View Invitational.
In the Varsity game, the Bruins gave up four goals in the final 20 minutes of the first half to fall behind 4-0 at halftime. The Bruins played better in the second half, putting a goal on the board when Luis Diaz was fouled in the penalty box and Ryan VandenBos netted the penalty kick.
In the Junior Varsity game, a goal from Jarom Moore off of a nice assist from Erik Arellano had the Bruins tied 1-1 with the Cavemen at halftime. The second half favored the Cavemen as they finished three of their opportunities to win the game 4-1.
21 March -- tigers claw bruins
In the Varsity game, the Orem Tigers scored a goal in each half to beat the Bruins 2-1. Raul Lievano scored on a free kick in the second half and the Bruins had several good opportunities to tie the game but Orem held on for the victory.
In the JV game, Orem scored two goals in the second half to beat the Bruins 3-1. Thomas Meneyes scored for the Bruins in the first half.
24 March -- chargers down bruins
In the Varsity game, the Corner Canyon Chargers scored a goal nine minutes into the second half and then withstood the Bruins' attack to hold on for a 1-0 win.
In the JV game, the Chargers scored three goals in the first half and a fourth goal in the second half to shut out the Bruin JV 4-0.
28 march -- bruins shut out by t-wolves
In the Varsity game, the Timpanogos T-Wolves netted a goal in each half to beat the Bruins 2-0.
In the JV game, the T-Wolves led 3-0 early in the second half before the Bruin JV scored 2 goals to close the scoring gap. The final score ended 3-2, with Jacob Balderrama and Thomas Meneyes scoring goals for the Bruins.
31 March -- bruins tie bulldogs
The Bruins and the Provo Bulldogs settled for a 1-1 tie after 80 minutes of regulation and another 20 minutes of extra time.
The Bruins scored in the 10th minute of the game when Efren Taboada headed home the Provo keeper's deflection of a hard shot by Cris Zamorano. Despite controlling much of the first half, the Bruins found themselves tied at 1-1 heading into the half after the Bulldogs netted a goal in the 36th minute off of a nice cross from the right sideline to the back post.
In the second half, both teams had opportunities to score but neither defense would yield a go-ahead goal. In the first extra period, the Bruins put pressure on the Bulldog defense with several attacks that ended just short of the Bulldog goal. The Bulldogs reversed the momentum in the second extra period getting off more shots than the Bruins, but the Bruin defense withstood the attack as the game ended in a 1-1 tie.
In a closely contested match, the Bruin JV gave up the lone goal of the game on a questionable handball in the box that resulted in a penalty kick for the Bulldog JV.
11 April -- HAwks outlast bruins
In a fiercely contested match, the Bruins scored early but couldn't hold the lead and fell to the Alta Hawks by a score of 2-1.
The Bruins attacked the Hawks early, and when Elder Aguayo slipped inside his defender to receive a cross at the top of the goalie box, it looked like the Bruins might get a quick goal. Elder's shot deflected off the cross bar, but the attempt pumped up the Bruins and in the 8th minute of the game, Efren Taboada slotted a ball to Cris Zamorano behind the Alta center backs and Cris put the ball in the side net to give the Bruins the early 1-0 lead. Minutes later, a hard cross to to the top of the goalie box led to another scoring opportunity as Elder and a Hawk defender converged on the ball at the same time. The defender won the battle, deflecting the ball to deny the Bruins a second goal. A Bruin red card a few minutes later hurt the squads ability to continue to aggressively attack the Hawks, but, playing with a lot of energy and competitive spirit, the Bruins looked to take the 1-0 lead into the half when, in the 39th minute, the Hawks scored to knot the score at 1-1 at the game's midpoint.
In the second half, the Hawks scored in the 47th minute on a penalty kick. In an increasely physical game, the Bruins continued to attack and create scoring opportunities. On the defensive end, Bruin keeper Paul Wynn made several incredible saves to keep the Bruins in the game. In the end, however, the Alta defense refused to yield a second goal to the Bruins and the game ended with the Hawks on top 2-1.
The Bruin JV scored first on a super goal by Luis Herrera, but the Hawks responded with two goals of their own to lead 2-1 at the half. In the second half, the Hawks stretched the lead to 3-1 before Jaden Tobar rocketed home a shot from 30 yards out to cut the lead to 3-2. With time running out and the Bruins pressing forward to try to net a tying goal, Alta scored again to clinch a 4-2 win.
14 april -- falcons shut out bruins
Facing the region-leading Skyridge Falcons on a windy, cold afternoon in Lehi, the Bruins allowed only one goal but couldn't find the net themselves in a 1-0 loss.
In the first half, the Bruins shared the ball well, generating several good scoring opportunities by looking for open players and making quick, simple passes. Jarom Moore, Kaleb Chavez, and Cris Zamorano worked well together in the midfield, stepping in to win balls and generate quick counterattacks against a strong Falcon back line. Although unable to net a goal, the Bruins--with great offensive pressure and a strong wind at their backs--pinned the Falcons in their own defensive end for much of the first half.
In the second half, the Falcons came out intent on possessing the ball more and generating more scoring opportunities. With the wind in their face, the Bruins struggled to move out of their defensive end of the field. In the 45th minute, one of the Falcon center backs stepped in on a pass at midfield, carried the ball to the endline, and played an excellent cross to a another Falcon attacking the back post. The ball ended up in the Bruin net, giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead. The Bruins continued to compete hard, refusing to give up another goal despite Skyridge creating several dangerous opportunities. Kade Hernandez, Jake Schow, Preston Madsen, Justin Casetta, and Eric Pena all played strong defense in front of goalie Paul Wynn. With only minutes left in the game, Cris Zamorano beat three Falcon defenders off the dribble to get off a shot that missed just wide of the back post. That proved to be the Bruins last opportunity as the Falcons closed out the 1-0 win.
The Bruin JV played a really strong game but were unable to finish any scoring opportunities and fell 1-0 to the Falcon JV.
18 April -- Bruins Ground T-birds
The Bruins gave up an early goal but responded with two of their own to earn a 2-1 region victory over the Timpview Thunderbirds.
The T-birds put early pressure on the Bruins, generating multiple good looks on goal in the opening minutes of the game. When goalie Paul Wynn stopped a 1v1 shot against him less than three minutes into the game, it looked like the Bruins might escape the initial T-bird onslaught unscathed. After several more good opportunities, however, the T-birds broke through in the 8th minute, winning the endline and playing a nice ball back to the top of the goalie box that was easily finished into the back post side net. Down by a goal and under continuous offensive pressure from the T-birds, the Bruins needed something to stem the T-bird momentum and Cris Zamorano provide that something. Receiving a throw in deep in the T-birds defensive end, Cris cut the ball from the sidelines towards the top of the 18 yard box where he fired a left-footed shot past the T-bird keeper to even the score at one apiece in the 11th minute. The score remained tied until the 25th minute when Efren Taboada beat his defender on the outside and slotted a shot past the keeper to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, a lead they carried into halftime.
With the rain pouring down throughout the second half, the T-birds controlled much of the possession in the Bruins end of the field, generating multiple dangerous opportunities. The Bruin defense, with great effort from all 11 positions, refused to give up a goal, forcing shots right, left, and above the goal. Several quick counter-attacks by the Bruins almost netted a third goal, but the score remained Bruins 2 - T-birds 1 at the final whistle.
The Bruin JV shut out the T-birds for 60 minutes but gave up 4 goals in the last 20 minutes to fall 4-0.
21 April -- Golden goal stuns golden tigers
It took a little longer than the Bruins and their fans had hoped, but a goal by Raul Lievano in the 8th minute of overtime gave the Bruins a 2-1 victory over rival Orem on Friday night under the lights at Tiger Stadium.
The two teams played even for the first 30 minutes of the game, with neither team able to gain an advantage in possession or opportunities. The Bruins' attack, led by Cris Zamorano, Efren Taboada, Elder Aguayo, Raul Lievano, Jayden Adams, and Luis Diaz created several opportunities that finished just short of a goal, while the Bruins' defense likewise proved too tough for the Tigers' offensive attack. In the 37th minute, Efren, making a diagonal run through two defenders at the top of the penalty box, received a nicely slotted pass from Raul and calmly beat the keeper with a left-footed shot to give the Bruins the 1-0 lead at halftime.
Showing an increased sense of urgency in the second half, the Tigers pressed the attack and put the Bruins on their heels defensively. Led by keeper Paul Wynn, the Bruin defense of Kade Hernandez, Preston Madsen, Justin Casetta, Jacob Balderrama, Kaleb Chavez, and Jondre Davilla played big in front of the net, sacrificing their bodies time and time again to block shots and deny the Tigers a goal. Having fended off a handful of free kicks into their defensive box over the final 10 minutes, it looked like the Bruins would keep the clean sheet and escape with a 1-0 victory. However, with less than a minute to play, the Tigers were awarded one last free kick and pushed everyone into the box. The service landed in the goalie box, and when the scrum cleared, Orem had managed to poke the ball into the net to tie the game.
Orem seemed to have seized the momentum heading into the first overtime. Through the first five minutes, the Tigers exerted most of the attacking pressure with the Bruins generating a couple of counter attacks that resulted in a free kick outside the box and a corner kick. Both opportunities failed to net a goal, but in the 8th minute the Bruins earned another free kick just outside the top of the penalty box. Raul stepped up and netted the "golden" goal, ending the game and giving the Bruins the 2-1 win.
After starting slow and falling behind 2-0 in the first 15 minutes of the game, the Bruin JV settled down to play the Tiger JV even throughout the remainder of the first half. In the second half, the Bruins came out much stronger, dominating the final 30 minutes and pulling within a goal when Colton Buchanan scored on a free kick in the 63rd minute. Despite several great opportunities over the closing minutes, the Bruins couldn't net a tying goal and fell 2-1.
25 april -- bruins fall in overtime
For the second game in a row, the Bruins ended with a golden goal in overtime. This time, however, it was the Corner Canyon Chargers who scored, handing the Bruins a tough 2-1 defeat.
Corner Canyon controlled the first half, scoring in the 28th minute to take a 1-0 lead. The Bruins struggled to maintain possession and string together passes, and were forced to defend much of the half. With less than a minute to go before halftime, Jayden Adams fought off two defenders to win a ball in the midfield. Jayden slotted the ball towards the top of the penalty box where Efren Taboada stepped in front of a defender to win the ball, sidestepped the charging keeper, and netted the goal to tie the game at the end of the half.
In the second half, the Bruins spent more time in the offensive half, pressuring the Corner Canyon defense and generating several good looks on goal. Despite the increased possession and opportunities, and the defense shutting down the Charger attack, the Bruins couldn't net a go-ahead goal and regulation ended in a 1-1 tie.
In overtime, Corner Canyon scored the game winner in the 3rd minute, slipping behind the Bruin defense on a quick counter attack.
The Bruin JV gave up a goal in the second half to lose 1-0 to the Charger JV.
28 April -- Bruins Send T-Wolves Packing
The Bruins avenged an early season loss to the Timpanogos Timberwolves with a 3-2 victory on the T-wolves home field.
The Bruins looked good early, knocking the ball around to open players and moving well off the ball. Opportunities by Cris Zamorano, Raul Lievano, and Elder Aguayo made it feel like just a matter of time before the Bruins netted a goal, and in the 12th minute keeper Paul Wynn drove a long punt to Efren Taboada going to goal. Efren ducked past the T-wolf center back and slotted the ball past the keeper into the open net to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. Four minutes later, Cris was fouled in the box. Cris' penalty kick was blocked by the T-wolf keeper, but the assistant referee called the keeper for leaving his line too soon and awarded the Bruins a rekick. Elder stepped to the spot this time and netted the PK to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. Down two goals, the T-wolves increased their intensity and generated several dangerous opportunities. The increased pressure paid off for the T-wolves as the Bruins fouled in the penalty box in the 24th minute and the T-wolves netted the resulting PK to draw within one of the Bruins.
Nursing a 2-1 lead in the second half, the Bruins continued to attack the T-wolf goal. Less than five minutes into the half, the Bruins were awarded another penalty kick. Raul stepped to the spot, but was blocked by the T-wolf goalie to keep the score at 2-1. Over the next twenty minutes, Efren, Raul, Cris, and Elder all had shots on goal as well as Jondre Davila and Jackson McBride. On the other end, the Bruins defensive five of Justin Casetta, Erick Pena, Preston Madsen, Jarom Moore, and captain Kade Hernandez disrupted the attacking T-wolves, with keeper Paul Wynn cleaning up the few on-goal shots. In the 68th minute, a nice combination of Efren to Raul to Cris resulted in a goal by Cris. Down 3-1, the T-wolves scored with under two minutes to play, but the Bruins closed the game out to register the 3-2 victory.
The Bruin JV scored two goals in the first half and one in the second half to win 3-0.
05 May -- BRUINS drop pair to alta
After falling behind 2-0 in the first eight minutes, the Bruin Varsity played the region-leading Alta Hawks tough, fighting back to even the score at 2-2 before giving up a goal in the 51st minute to fall 3-2.
Efren Taboado scored on an assist from Ricky Armstrong in the first half while Luis Herrera netted the Bruin goal in the second half.
The Bruin JV gave up a goal in each half to drop a 2-0 decision to the Alta JV.
09 May -- Bruins stun falcons
The Bruins played the spoiler today, beating Skyridge 1-0, knocking the Falcons out of first place in the Region.
The Bruins started strong, playing with much more intensity than the visiting Falcons. In the first 20 minutes of the game, the Bruins dominated possession and had several scoring opportunities. Though Skyridge picked it up towards the end of the first half, it was the Bruins who scored in the 38th minute on a nice shot by Efren Taboada.
In the second half, the teams played very evenly, both getting shots on goal, but neither team could find the back of the net. The Bruins got the 1-0 victory!
The Bruin JV played the Falcon JV to a 0-0 draw.
12 May -- Bruins end season with win over t-birds
The Bruins celebrated Senior Night with a 2-0 victory over the visiting Timpview T-Birds.
With all 9 seniors on the field, the Bruins started the game with enthusiasm and energy. Though the first half saw both teams generate scoring opportunities, it wasn't until the 40th minute that Ben Mella got a shot past the T-Bird keeper on a ball sent in by Ryan VandenBos.
In the second half, Timpview came out with more intensity and pressure. Their attacks, however, were thwarted by the Bruin defense, including multiple saves by goalkeeper, Paul Wynn. In the 75th minute, the Bruins notched their second goal when Jarom Moore sent a ball up the middle to Efren Taboada, who shot it off the T-Bird keeper's hands and into the goal. The game, and the season, ended with a 2-0 victory for the Bruins.
The Bruin JV played the T-Bird JV to a 2-2 draw in regulation on goals from J Jolley and Jaden Tobar. The Bruins went on to win the match 4-3 in a PK shootout.