COLUMBIA — The crowd was not quite sure who scored the second goal, but it didn't matter. The Rock Bridge girls soccer team had taken command of its sectional matchup Tuesday at Waynesville.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Bruins benefited from a confusing play. Several players were near the Tigers' goal when the keeper came out to block a shot, leaving the goal open for Lexi Bumby, who sent a slow shot into the net for the second goal of the game.
The announcer credited Carmen Boessen with the goal, but what was more important was that it gave Rock Bridge enough momentum to secure a 3-0 victory and advance to the Class 3 state quarterfinals.
Boessen, a forward, had scored the first goal of the game with six minutes left in the first half. After a pass from midfielder Laurie Frew, Boessen had a breakaway down the middle of the field and kicked the ball into the corner of the net.
The game started with a long scoreless stretch, and the Bruins were searching for a spark. The first goal didn't completely change that, and at halftime the coaches relayed their disappointment in the first-half effort.
"Two to three players were representing the team (in the first half), and we needed the whole team," Bruins coach Marc VanDover said. "Our coaches challenged them at the half to look at what's on their jerseys and what they represent."
Bumby's second goal seemed to give Rock Bridge the momentum. Only a few minutes later, Boessen scored her second goal of the match, putting the Bruins ahead 3-0.
From there, Rock Bridge had the majority of possessions and limited the amount of shots that Waynesville could take.
"We just wanted it more in the second half," Boessen said. "They (Waynesville) could have easily come back."
But Rock Bridge did not allow that to happen, leading VanDover to credit the Bruins' defense for the team's success. He praised how well the Rock Bridge defenders got the ball up the field to the offense.
Rock Bridge (15-6) moves on to face Glendale (18-5) in the state quarterfinals set for Saturday. Glendale beat Rock Bridge in last season's sectional game.
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