Rock Bridge boys soccer team set for state sectional game

Monday, November 5, 2012 | 8:06 p.m. CST; updated 9:23 p.m. CST, Monday, November 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — Nick White, a senior defender on the Rock Bridge soccer team, said he has mixed feelings about Tuesday's Class 3 sectional game at Jefferson City.

White said he doesn’t like how the fans are right on top of the players at Jefferson City, but he is looking forward to playing against the Jays' Marcus Woodruff, who didn’t play when the Bruins defeated Jefferson City 1-0 in a regular season game Oct. 16.

Tuesday's Class 3 state sectional

Rock Bridge (19-7-1) vs. Jefferson City (19-8)

WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Field 2 at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City

Class 3 state bracket

Woodruff, a junior forward, is one of the leading goal scorers in the state with 29 goals, according to KRCG television. White said Woodruff is a friend and that he has played club soccer with most of the guys on the Jefferson City team while growing up in mid-Missouri.

If Jefferson City were to win, White said he would expect Woodruff to tweet at him later that night.

Despite his friendship with Woodruff, White said that if he had to choose one over the other to have as a teammate, he would take Bruins freshman striker Tarnue Tyler, the Bruins leading scorer with 21 goals.

Rock Bridge coach Alex Nichols said that Rock Bridge (19-7-1) needs to work on playing better team defense for the entire 80 minutes if they want to be successful.

“We have scored more goals this season but have given up more goals than usual,” Nichols said. 

If the Bruins beat Jefferson City (19-8), they will advance to the state quarterfinals against either Glendale or Kickapoo.

“We are taking it one game at a time,” said Rock Bridge assistant coach Brandon Butcher. “It’s four games, but it is a long four games, and we need to respect each opponent.”

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder.

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