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BRUIN Brandan Avalos gets pressure from Union Mine's Raine Scott, left, and Dalton Keck in Monday's intra-county soccer matchup. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

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EL DORADO — In a battle of intra-county and non-league boys soccer teams, Ponderosa scored early and often for the 7-0 win over Union Mine at the Diamondbacks’ field Monday.

The Bruins’ aggressiveness was evident from the start. Ponderosa hustled to the ball and implemented its passing game on the D’backs’ side of the field for the bulk of the first and second halves.

“We just want to play high pace, high energy, move the ball, make sure we share it well,” Ponderosa head coach Greg Spangler said. “We have 21 players on the team and we played them all tonight. It was a great game; they all played well.”

Nicholas Draher scored the Bruins’ first goal in the fifth minute of the game and in the 11th minute, Ponderosa scored its second goal when Trevor Swartz — one of nine seniors on this year’s team — used his head from 5 yards out to put the ball past the Union Mine goalie.

After that goal, Union Mine’s defense played tougher but the Bruins still kept the ball near the D’backs’ side of the field in the first 40 minutes of the match.

“I think we did pretty well in our attack,” said new Union Mine head coach Christina Savage, who coached the D’backs’ junior varsity team last year. “We’re trying to get them to chatter all the time. Our combination play between our midfielders and forwards is our strong pointing attack. What we need to work on is the communication and coordination of our back four, as well as how our backs and midfielders coordinate as we transition to defending.”

Before halftime, the Bruins built their lead to 3-0 in the 35th minute when Bryan Hayden took a pass and fired a shot into the net from 5 yards out.

In the second half, Ponderosa scored its fourth goal in the 49th minute when Andrew Doe was in open field and delivered the 6-yard kick into the net.

“Moving off the ball and communication,” Spangler said. “I have a large roster, and I want them all to play together. We have a lot of talent … that’s the ticket.”

Less than five minutes later, the Bruins increased their lead to 5-0 after Brandon Avalos scored, also on an open shot.

Schwartz scored the last two goals of the game for the Bruins. The second one came at the 55th minute when he took control of the ball that bounced off the bar of the net and booted into the net. In the 79th minute, he delivered a 15-yard shot into the net.

Union Mine players who played the bulk of the minutes were midfielders Alexis Reyes, Levi Sattler and Jeremy Dupras, defender Ryan Hughes and sweeper Christopher Lee.

Union Mine returns 12 seniors to this year’s team that is looking to compete in the Sierra Valley Conference. Last year’s champion and runner-up, Vista del Lago and Galt, played for the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV title last November.

“We have a better team this year,” Savage said.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or mbush@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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