JEFFERSON CITY — After struggling in their last game, Rock Bridge played well against a strong Helias Catholic team on the road Tuesday night at Art Firley Soccer Park.
A pair of senior midfielders led the Bruins, ranked No. 3 in Class 3, in a 5-0 victory over the Crusaders. Austin Powell had a hat trick for Rock Bridge (12-3), and Ryan Schmidt scored once and assisted on two of Powell's goals.
"They have been stepping up all season," Rock Bridge coach Kyle Austin said of the pair.
Helias, ranked No. 8 in Class 2 at 11-3-2, had the upper-hand early on, but Powell's first goal gave the Bruins the momentum.
"We got a little lucky on that first goal," Austin said. "It was a slick surface, and it was one of those right place, right time goals."
Last year the Bruins needed penalty kicks, after scoreless draw, to defeat the Crusaders. This year Austin's team was able to keep the pressure on the Helias defense and generate offense from some under-the-radar players like Powell and Schmidt. Senior Matt Kelly leads the Bruins in scoring, and with opponents focusing their defense on him, other Bruins players have been able to step up.
"We are not just a one-trick pony," Austin said. "It seems a new person is stepping up every night."