Bruins' Laurie Frew scores winning goal days after state basketball title

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 | 9:02 p.m. CDT; updated 11:27 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Rock Bridge guard Laurie Frew looks to pass the ball against Hickman on March 2. Rock Bridge won the game 50-38.

COLUMBIA — It’s been a whirlwind few days for Laurie Frew.

Frew, a backup point guard on the Rock Bridge girls basketball team, contributed off the bench at Mizzou Arena as the Bruins won their second consecutive Class 5 state championship on Saturday.

Two days later, Frew, a midfielder, headed in the lone goal of the match as the Bruins girls soccer team defeated Raytown 1-0 Monday evening to improve to 1-1 on its young season.

“It’s been really exciting,” the junior said.

It’s been hectic, too.

Frew and her basketball teammates lifted a state championship trophy on Norm Stewart Court on Saturday night with the majority of her soccer teammates watching from the stands. Less than 24 hours later, Frew was running around rain-soaked fields at Rock Bridge with those soccer teammates, participating in her first soccer practice of the regular season.

Immediately transitioning from basketball season into soccer season didn’t prevent Frew — the only Bruin to play both varsity basketball and varsity soccer — from enjoying the tremendous accomplishments of the basketball team. 

But missing indoor soccer games and other preseason training exercises has her soccer talents in need of some fine-tuning, despite Monday’s winning goal.

“I need to brush the rust off, but that will come with the tournament we’re in this week,” Frew said.

Monday’s victory over Raytown was the first of three matches this week for the Bruins in the Lee’s Summit Tournament. They also have games Wednesday and Thursday.

While her time on the court has kept her from honing her skills on the pitch, it has her conditioning in midseason form. Playing three games in four days doesn’t faze Frew.

After all, Frew is eager to pursue another state title. She plans to apply lessons learned with the basketball team to the soccer team to help achieve that goal. 

“The most important thing is the chemistry of the team,” Frew said. “If you like each other, you’ll trust each other and then make yourselves work harder.”

Does Frew envision another championship in her future?

“We have the potential,” Frew said. “It’d be awesome … it’s crazy to even think about.”

For the meantime, though, Frew would prefer to take things one day at a time and keep the focus on the Bruins’ next game.

And with Rock Bridge on spring break next week, Frew doesn’t expect exhaustion to settle in anytime soon.

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