COLUMBIA — While weather conditions were much more pleasant than Thursday, the result for Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team remained the same.
The Bruins fell to Lindbergh 2-0 on Friday night at home in its second game this season.
And some of the Bruins players don't get much off a break coming off of the loss. The team's game against Lee's Summit West, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled in order to accomodate students taking the ACT exam.
Rock Bridge Coach Kelly Gates has scheduled a mandatory practice Saturday morning
in place of the team’s game, but three of her players will be excused. Two of them will be grinding their way through a ritual for students heading off to college, while another will be away for a campus visit.
Juniors Beau Reiske and Kelsey Reimler will slide in behind desks in a Rock Bridge classroom at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings to take the ACT.
“My mom reminds me a lot to study,” laughed Reimler. “I try to do like 30 minutes each night.”
The players have studied for the exam with ACT preparation manuals and online practice exams. And their is no rest for the weary after tonight's game.
“I’m going home tonight to study again,” Reimler said.
Although Reiske and Reimler will return to the soccer team next year as seniors, each girl hopes to continue playing the game at the collegiate level.
“I want to go to the coast (East), but my dad wants me to stay here,” Reiske said. “He wants me close to home so he can watch me play.”
Reimler added, “I’m just going to see what happens.”
Academics are a priority this weekend, but the Bruins (0-2) will continue intense practices and conditioning in preparation for its home game against Hannibal at 7 p.m. Tuesday’s.