COLUMBIA — It was a scary moment for Rock Bridge soccer player Kayla Hauck.
Trailing 2-0, the Bruins were trying to keep Cor Jesu in reach. Junior goalie Carrie Levy kicked the ball toward Hauck at mid-field.
Hauck had established position, but Cor Jesu’s Lizzie Jansen tried to beat her out to the ball. With the two players in the air trying to head the ball, Jansen slammed into Hauck, sending Hauck crashing to the ground.
When Hauck landed, she landed on her back, re-aggravating back injuries suffered last weekend at the Quincy Notre Dame Tournament. Hauck lay motionless on the ground for several minutes before being able to walk off the field on her own power.
Neither Hauck nor Jansen returned to the game after the hit.
“She’ll be very stiff in the morning,” Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover said. “We’ll re-evaluate her, and try to get her ready for Wednesday."
The play was another deflating moment for Rock Bridge (9-10-2), which was dominated by No. 6 Cor Jesu 3-0.
Jansen was given a yellow card, which is a cautionary warning. If a player receives two yellow cards in one game, then she receives a red card, which means she must sit out for the remainder of the game, and the team cannot replace her.
“She was definitely upset about the yellow card,” Cor Jesu coach Missy Bruno said. “She wasn’t trying to foul her or anything. It was just a bad decision on timing with the ball. It wasn’t flagrant by any means, but it was definitely a hard foul.”
Levy, who saw the hit from the net, believed that the hit on Hauck was flagrant.
“I saw that girl running in, and she definitely head-butted her,” Levy said. “I think there was intent to try and hurt Kayla, but I don’t know. It was definitely rough.”
The Bruins play Wednesday at Lee’s Summit West.