COLUMBIA—The Rock Bridge boys soccer team suffered its first home defeat Friday to Lee’s Summit West, 3-2.
With the score tied and less than a minute of regulation remaining, Lee's Summit West midfielder Drew Douglas flew past the Rock Bridge defense on a breakaway and scored the go-ahead goal, leaving only 14.8 seconds on the clock.
“I got pretty close, and the goalie was coming out,” Douglas said. “I was like there’s an empty net, I hit it with the outside of my foot near post, and it went right past him, and I started going crazy.”
The Bruins played a high defensive line throughout the game and Lee’s Summit West coach Chris Brizendine explained that he hoped his team would capitalize on a quick counter attack. Brizendine was particularly pleased with the quick goal kick that started the fast break for Douglas’ goal.
“They beat us twice last year, once in state for third place,” Douglas said. “So it was really good to get that back and to get some revenge.”
Rock Bridge coach Alex Nichols said that the Bruins were the better team because they controlled the ball for most of the game and had more scoring opportunities. Nichols added that small amounts of laziness cost his team the victory.
“We look like an unbeatable team, a team that can beat any team in the nation,” Nichols said. “But every game we seem to have small moments of mental breakdowns.”
The loss leaves the Bruins with a record of 4-3-1 on the season. Rock Bridge plays St. John Vianney High School on Monday in the opening round of the Catholic Youth Council/Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament.