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BUNN -- Continuity might be an issue within the Bunn High School boys soccer program these days as the Wildcats are working on their third coach in the past three seasons.

The legendary Charles Haley stepped down after the 2018 campaign and was succeeded by Clint Eaton, who ended up just coaching last year before also moving on.

So now the program is in the hands of Deric Munoz, who has plenty of experience as a coach in several sports at Bunn Middle School.

Speaking of BMS, the Bulldogs have enjoyed unprecedented success in boys soccer over the past few years are are the defending Middle Athletic Conference champions.

Many of those former Bulldogs' standouts are now on the high school level -- with more scheduled to be coming up soon.

That means the Wildcats will have plenty of talent to compete against their rivals in the Class 2-A Northern Carolina Conference.

So a huge key will be for Bunn to have a coach who will stick around awhile and help develop consistency within the program -- and that's where Munoz steps in.

To date this fall, the Wildcats are 2-3 overall, but that record is a bit deceiving as those losses have come against Class 3-A area powerhouses Franklinton (twice) and Southern Nash (once).

Within its own league, Bunn is 2-0 overall with convincing conquests over rivals Louisburg and Oxford Webb High School.

Last Wednesday at the BHS Soccer Complex, the Wildcats hosted Oxford Webb and had no problem delivering a lopsided 9-0 triumph over the visitors from Granville County.

The outcome of the match was never in question from Bunn's perspective as the Wildcats controlled the overwhelming majority of the possession time from the outset.

BHS' hard work in the neutral zone was eventually rewarded just five minutes in when David Arroyo-Bernal gained the ball about 25 yards away from the goal.

With his back turned away from the net, Arroyo-Bernal somehow squeezed in a quick turn beside a defender before delivering a low laser that hardly left the ground before locating the twine.

Bunn struck again five minutes later with another long goal -- this time courtesy of a high rocket off the foot of Kevy Arroyo-Bernal.

By halftime, the Wildcats were well on their way to a triumph with a 5-0 advantage, and they would tack on four more goals in the second half of action.

David Arroyo-Bernal and John Arroyo-Carnal both notched hat tricks for the winners, while Christian Folks picked up the quality shutout in goal.

Pictured (Above): PUTTING HIS FOOT DOWN. Bunn High School's Elmer Garcia-Guerrero (left) prepares to deliver a shot for the Wildcats during last Wednesday afternoon's boys soccer victory at home versus conference opponent Oxford Webb. (Times photos by Geoff Neville)


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