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Quick start gives Rock Bridge girls soccer team another victory

Tuesday, April 12, 2011 | 10:04 p.m. CDT; updated 10:34 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Jefferson City High School player Emily Mantle attempts to take the ball from Rock Bridge High School player Sarah Humphrey on Tuesday at Rock Bridge High School. Jefferson City lost to Rock Bridge 4-1.

COLUMBIA — Marc VanDover is rarely satisfied. 

Even after Rock Bridge claimed a 4-1 victory over Jefferson City on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge, the Bruins' coach shrugged and said with a smile, "It's really a nice win, but I think we can play better."

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The Bruins dominated the first half, nearly scoring in the first 30 seconds. Anna Alioto scored in the 12th minute of play and Carmen Boessen in the 13th. 

"I kind of like the way we started the game," VanDover said. "It really made a pressure statement from the beginning."

To fend off the Bruins' offensive attack, the Jays fell back on defense early in the game.

"They hope to counterattack and get goals up quickly," VanDover said. "We are aware of that, but we're trying to push numbers forward. It's two different styles of play meshing." 

As the first half ended, Ashley Clark scored the Jays' only goal with an assist by Mattie Edmondson. 

Lexi Bumby scored for the Bruins early in the second half, flicking the ball in the net off an assist from Mary Bowman. 

"Lexi's the type of kid that's not going to get the pretty goal," VanDover said. "She's the one who will just work so hard to get the scrappy goal."

Boessen made the Bruins' fourth goal.

While the offense attacked down the field, Katrina Fox protected Rock Bridge's goal on defense. 

"Katrina is playing with so much confidence in the back," VanDover said. 

Fox and Sarah Bowman are the two center backs, and Fox is the last line of defense before the goalkeeper. 

"What stands out is her composure, composure on the ball — the ability to pass the ball when someone is attacking you," VanDover said. 

And those attacks left their mark with Fox limping off the field after the game. 

"She has runners running at her, and she got hammered a couple times tonight," VanDover said. 

The Bruins, who improved to 10-2 with the victory, travel to the Kickapoo Tournament this weekend in Springfield.


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