Rock Bridge soccer shuts out University City

Saturday, September 10, 2011 | 6:32 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 a.m. CDT, Sunday, September 11, 2011

COLUMBIA — If University City had faced the Rock Bridge junior varsity team instead of the school's varsity team, the game Saturday afternoon at Rock Bridge High School might have been interesting.

Then again, maybe not. Players from the Bruin's JV played a majority of the minutes in the 9-0 win over the Lions.

The Bruins scored six first half goals on their way to their third win of the season. The wide margin allowed coach Kyle Austin to give some of his younger players valuable playing time.

"It's nice to reward the younger kids," Austin said.

Senior Matt Kelly agreed.

"It's good to get some of the younger players out there moving the ball around," Kelly said, "It definitely helps our chemistry, since a lot are JV guys."

"We always look at this season as the most important, but we are always trying to look two years ahead as well," Austin said.

Kelly and Jacob Kovarik led the scoring barrage with two goals each. Ty Griggs added a goal and an assist, and Salim Gumati led the team with two assists.

Eli Sherman, Bennet Arey, Austin Powell and Tyler Bales scored one goal apiece to round out the scoring.

Thanks in large part to a strong defense, Greg Kelly earned the shutout.

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