Rock Bridge soccer team struggles with weather

Thursday, April 22, 2010 | 10:09 p.m. CDT; updated 11:13 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 22, 2010
Rock Bridge sophomore Stephanie Monticelli returns the ball to play after a shot on goal during Thursday night's game against Blue Valley Northwest at Rock Bridge High School.

COLUMBIA — It was a long night for the Rock Bridge girls soccer team and sophomore goalie Stephanie Monticelli.

The Bruins were never able to adapt to the wet weather conditions on Thursday night and lost 6-0 to visiting Blue Valley Northwest.


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Rock Bridge, who hasn’t lost by more than one goal all season, came out extremely flat, and gave up two goals in the first eight minutes of the game. It was an extremely long night for Monticelli, who was having a hard time holding back her emotions after the game.

With rain pouring onto the Rock Bridge field, and Blue Valley Northwest holding a 2-0 lead, the Huskies kicked it from the left side of the field to the center, where it bounced off of Monticelli’s hands. The Rock Bridge goalie tried to bring the ball in, but it bounced off of her hands, and right into the foot Blue Valley Northwest’s Molly Sylvester, who struck it in.

“It’s hard to grab the ball when it’s wet and it’s bouncing all over,” Monticelli said. “You get angry when you can’t stop them, but at the end of the game, you know you can’t do anything about those.”

Monticelli continued to struggle as the game continued, and with less than five minutes left in the game, the ball rolled into Monticelli’s arms, but she struggled to get a grip on it, and it bounced off of her. It set up a corner kick opportunity for Blue Valley Northwest, which Husky defenseman Kylie Greischar headed it into the back of the net. The game was already decided, but it was just one more blow for the Bruins.

“I don’t typically see that from her,” Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover said of Monticelli. “She just lost her footing a little bit out there.”

Monticelli wasn’t the only one affected by the weather. The Rock Bridge forwards often slipped and fell on plays that could have set up scoring opportunities.

At the start of the second half, sophomore Carmen Boessen had a scoring chance for the Bruins, but when two defenders closed in, she lost the ball. As a last ditch effort to try and score, Boessen kicked it toward the net while falling down, but it sailed right over.

“Its tricky weather,” Boessen said. “This was our first game in the rain, so I think we were a little nervous to see how the ball bounced. We weren’t focused, and I think if we were, we could’ve scored a couple of goals.”

Before Thursday night, the most goals that Rock Bridge had given up in a game were three.

“It’s our field, we should be used to it,” VanDover said. “We don’t usually play in weather like this, but we should’ve handled it a little better.”

With the loss, Rock Bridge falls to 5-5 on the season. Rock Bridge plays next Monday at home against Troy Buchanan.

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