Badger boys show tenacity
September 18, 2012
By Coach Ed Moe
Last Thursday, September 13, the Badgers faced a
talented, experienced Sandpoint squad at
Centennial Field. Midway through the first half
the Bulldogs scored their first goal, and at the
half led only 1 – 0.
Bonners continued their spirited effort into the
second half, frustrating their opponents time
and again. Garrett Skeen turned away several
excellent scoring chances, and the Badger
defense held tight through extreme offensive
Finally, in the 70th and 75th minutes, Bulldog
senior midfielder Jeremiah Gagnon found the back
of the net to make the final 3 – 0.
Sandpoint outshot the Badgers 20 – 2 with Skeen
making 11 saves. In defeat, the Badgers played
exceptionally well, demonstrating a tenacity not
yet seen from this year’s squad, led by senior
co-captains Keaton Tremble and Evan Moe.
The following day the Badgers faced another
experienced foe, St. George’s of Spokane.
After the exceptional effort the previous day,
the boys came out flat and not ready to play.
The Dragons found the back of the net in the
first thirty seconds, scored twice more in the
first half, and coasted to a 5 – 0 shutout of
Not many highlights in this one. While the
effort was there, the boys were lacking the
mental fortitude to compete against a quality
opponent that they demonstrated the day before.
On Monday, freshman Jake Tremble scored the
game-winning goal with just over a minute
remaining as the Bonners Ferry Badger Boys’
soccer team defeated the Libby Loggers 2 – 1 at
the Troy Soccer Complex.
Senior midfielder Keaton Tremble started the
decisive play, crossing a well-placed ball into
the penalty area where sophomore midfielder
Steffen Robles headed it down to the feet of the
younger Tremble, who converted a 18-yard shot
that eluded the outstretched arms of the Logger
The Loggers had tied the game just two minutes
earlier on a penalty kick after one of their
forwards was brought down in the box.
The Badgers dominated time of possession
throughout the contest, creating numerous
scoring chances, but were unlucky not to
capitalize more often. Bonners Ferry had taken a
1 – 0 lead in the first half when Robles found
the back of the net from the right side after
receiving a pass from Jake Tremble.
Senior goalkeeper Garrett Skeen recorded six
saves for the Badgers.
Defenders Collin Stone and Evan Moe, midfielder
Jesus Mendez, and forward Victor Mendez also had
outstanding games for Bonners Ferry, which faces
St. George’s on the road at 4 p.m. Thursday and
hosts Priest River Saturday at 1 p.m. as part of
a doubleheader with the girls’ team, who play
the Spartans at 11 a.m.
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