COLUMBIA — After losing in the semifinals of the Hickman Tournament to Troy 2-1, the Rock Bridge girls soccer team had a quick turnaround.
Several tournament games going into overtime forced Rock Bridge's semifinal start time to be pushed back almost an hour. By time the game with Troy ended, the Bruins' third-place game against Holt had turned into a back-to-back situation, with only a short warm-up time in between games.
"That's the first time I have ever been associated with a team that's had to do that," Bruins coach Marc Vandover said of the short rest.
Playing two games in a row did not seem to be a problem for the Bruins, who won 2-1 against Holt to take home third place in the tournament.
Senior midfielder Carmen Boessen, who scored the Bruins' first goal and assisted the second, even came up with a catchy cheer for the Bruins to keep their spirits up.
"YOLO, yellow!" she screamed early in the first half, referring to the saying "you only live once" with the acronym "YOLO" and Rock Bridge's yellow away jerseys.
"They were having fun," Vandover said. "It's hard to get up for that game anyway because you just gave everything you had in the game before it, but they just came out real strong and kept it up."
It didn't hurt that Vandover and Holt coach Bobby Nicholson agreed to shorten the halves from their normal 40 minutes to 30 minutes. But the Bruins wanted to play the full 40 minutes.
"First of all, I didn't know how we were going to show up for the game," Vandover said. "But, actually the kids were saying, 'can we play 40s?'"
Rock Bridge will not have much time to rest as usual, as it has another quick turnaround with a game on Monday against Smith-Cotton in Sedalia.
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