Rock Bridge girls soccer team upbeat about win over Hannibal

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 | 10:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:49 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 5, 2011

COLUMBIA — Marc VanDover doesn't like to admit it whenever he is pleased with his team.

But even though the Rock Bridge girls soccer coach said he is never satisfied, he couldn't help grinning about the Bruins' 4-0 victory over Hannibal on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge. 

In their last game March 24, the Bruins fell 1-0 to the hosts at the Lee's Summit tournament, unable to find their rhythm until late in the game.

"The last 10 minutes we picked it up," VanDover said. "We picked up our pace, our passing, our whole demeanor. We were more aggressive."

The team pledged to take that energy into it's next game. 

"I think we accomplished that," VanDover said Tuesday. 

Anna Alioto scored a little more than than three minutes into the game off an assist from Carmen Boessen.

"That was huge relief right off the bat," VanDover said. "It was a nice goal to start out with. The movement off the ball, the setting of the tone in the first 5 to 10 minutes, that's really what we want to dictate. We were able to do that."

Alioto also scored the Bruins' second goal and assisted on their fourth. 

"Anna continues to work hard, not just in games but in practice," VanDover said. "I'm always pleased when she puts the ball in the back of the net."

The Bruins led 3-0 at halftime, but could not score more than one goal in the second half. VanDover said Hannibal's increased defensive pressure held off the Bruins. 

"In the second we didn't score as much, but we still had good ball movement, good possession," VanDover said. "Hannibal had fallen back into defensive mode, so it makes it harder to find feet, but we held our own."

With tough games against Helias Catholic on Thursday and at Lindbergh on Saturday, VanDover said he hopes to build on Tuesday's progress.

"I look at the schedule and, honestly, there's not a team on there that I'd say 'We definitely have that,'" VanDover said. "We'll practice hard. This is just the beginning, so we've got to be ready for more."

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