COLUMBIA — With four minutes left to play, it was difficult not to hear Carrie Levy.
“Come on, let's change it,” Levy yelled. “Right here, right now.”
Levy, the Rock Bridge girls soccer team's senior goalkeeper, repeatedly attempted to pump up her team, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bruins from losing 2-1 to Hazelwood Central on Saturday at the Hickman Tournament. The Bruins were competing for fifth place, after beating Pembroke Hill 5-o earlier in the day.
With one minute left against Hazelwood Central, Bruins senior Mary Bowman tried to answer Levy’s calls.
Bowman had broken away with the ball and was headed straight for Hazelwood Central’s goal. But only feet away from the goal, a bad hop allowed the Hawks' goalkeeper to grab the ball away from Bowman. It was the last of several missed opportunities for the Bruins.
Rock Bridge led 1-0 at the end of the first half after a goal from junior Carmen Boessen. But Hazelwood Central came back with the tying and winning goals in the second half.
Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover said he was concerned about injuries going in to the tournament.
“We’ve got a boatload of people over on the sidelines, and a number of our starters are out," VanDover said. “It’s hard to play in a tournament without your subs.”
The string of injuries has forced VanDover to use junior varsity players, but that didn’t stop Levy from pushing her teammates.
“Spread the field and find each other,” Levy yelled from the goal. “We can’t just kick it.”
VanDover said the lack of varsity talent on the field was tough on Levy.
“She shouldn’t have that much pressure on her,” VanDover said. “She saved us so many times this year. She is a quality keeper, and I continue to be impressed with her.”
The Bruins are set to play next against Smith-Cotton at 5 p.m. Monday at Rock Bridge.