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Rock Bridge soccer defeats Quincy High School 1-0

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 | 10:53 p.m. CDT
Rock Bridge girl's soccer celebrates a game winning goal in overtime against Quincy on Saturday. Rock Bridge won 1-0 on junior Lexi Bumby's goal.

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge soccercoach Marc VanDover began warm-ups for Tuesday's game in shorts and a T-shirt. 

The hot, humid spring day turned into a bitter evening as the temperature split in half, dropping from 83 degrees to 39 degrees.

By the start of the varsity game, VanDover was bundled in three jackets and long johns. 

"It took the coaches right out of the game plan," VanDover said. "I don't think the players minded it one bit." 

The Bruins finished regulatory play against Quincy (Ill.) High School tied 0-0.

They were anxious to finish the cold game. They were anxious to be warm. They were anxious to not be stung by the hard, synthetic leather smacking their cold, sensitive skin.

"It's no fun playing in the cold. We obviously didn't want to be out here for 20 more minutes in overtime," Rock Bridge senior Sarah Humphrey said.

But most of all, they were anxious to win.

"I don't think the weather had a whole lot to do with it," she added. "We just wanted to beat them." 

This is the Bruins' third consecutive game to reach overtime. In the Kickapoo Tournament Saturday, they lost to Nixa 3-2 when Nixa scored in the first minute of overtime. On Monday, the Bruins defeated Quincy Notre Dame 1-0 in overtime.

Twenty-two seconds into overtime, junior Lexi Bumby scored and the Bruins claimed a 1-0 victory over the Blue Devils.

Junior Lindsey Cunningham launched the ball up the field to junior Carmen Boessen who played it swiftly to Bumby.

"I couldn't have asked for a better ball, and I just ran onto it," Bumby said. 

Last season the Bruins fell 1-0 at Quincy.

"We've gone down to the wire with Quincy the past couple years," VanDover said. "To come away with a win is pretty good."

The Bruins will travel Thursday to Overland Park, Kan. to play Blue Valley Northwest High School. 


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