Rock Bridge boys soccer team finishes third at state tournament

Saturday, November 17, 2012 | 8:54 p.m. CST; updated 11:09 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 17, 2012

The Rock Bridge boys soccer team beat Rockhurst 3-1 Saturday to claim the third-place trophy in the Class 3 state tournament.

After making it to the state semifinals for the third straight season, the Bruins fell 2-1 in overtime to Chaminade on Friday night, sending them to another consolation game and their second straight third-place finish in the state tournament.

In the 10th minute of Saturday's game at Blues Springs South High School, Rock Bridge midfielder Salim Gumati scored an unassisted goal to give the Bruins (22-8-1) the lead. Rockhurst (19-11-1) tied the game on a goal in the 19th minute and it remained tied at halftime.

Rock Bridge regained the lead after midfielder Tripp Sheehan converted on a penalty kick with 20:21 left in the second half. Rock Bridge stretched their lead to two when forward Connor Blitz found a loose ball after a Bruins corner kick and put it into the back of the net with less than 15 minutes left in regulation.

“It’s nice to get a 3-1 victory over a Rockhurst program,” Rock Bridge coach Alex Nichols said. “It’s a good way to go out.”

Christian Brothers (26-2-2), which had beaten Rockhurst 1-0 in the other semifinal Friday, beat Chaminade 2-0 in Saturday night's championship game.

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