Rock Bridge girls soccer team falls in overtime

Thursday, April 16, 2009 | 9:58 p.m. CDT; updated 10:22 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 16, 2009
Quincy's Hayley Womack, center, follows the ball downfield against Rock Bridge's Beau Reiske, left, and Rachel Rutter. Womack scored the winning goal Thursday against the host Bruins during the game's second overtime.

COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge girls soccer team found itself in another double overtime game Thursday night against Quincy (7-3) at Rock Bridge. Unfortunately, the lone goal in the game was not made by the Bruins, like it was Monday night against Hickman.

Rock Bridge (3-5) successfully shut down Quincy sophomore forward Hayley Womack in regulation and the first overtime, but could not stop her powerful right-footed kick in the second overtime.

Womack scored the game’s first goal 1:05 into the second overtime to lead Quincy to a 1-0 victory over the Bruins.

“I thought we handled the one player (Womack) that would beat us up until that overtime” Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover said.

Rock Bridge played aggressive defense and found numerous scoring opportunities in the last 10 minutes of regulation, but could not find the back of the net.

“We have to finish,” VanDover said. “We had some great opportunities in front of the goal and just didn’t put it back.”

Thursday’s loss was the team’s third overtime this season. Bruins junior Beau Reiske said the longer games have taken a toll on the Bruins players.

“Having as many games as we’ve had, it’s been tiring,” Reiske said. “But I think we played really hard and intense. We gave it our all.”

VanDover said that two overtimes are physically difficult on players’ bodies, but he didn’t think his team’s loss was a result of fatigue. 

“I felt like they (Quincy) had more intensity in the end, we had tired legs,” VanDover said. “They lost a little spark out there, and I don’t think it was from being tired.”

VanDover said he hopes his team will learn from Thursday’s game and translate the experience into success at this weekend’s Kickapoo Tournament in Springfield. The Bruins will face Springfield Catholic on Friday, and Rockwood Summit and Glendale on Saturday.

“I expect a team to bounce back and get stronger," VanDover said. "The teams that we’re going to play over the next few days are going to be equal or better than this team.”

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