COLUMBIA — The Rock Bridge boys soccer team has high expectations.
In the past week, the team has played three competitive opponents and won all three games — and is only looking to improve.
"The games that we play are a means to learn how to get better," coach Alex Nichols said. "We try and play as many tough teams and competitors as possible. I feel we have achieved that with our schedule, and every game is just a means of learning what we need to work on more. ... It is just all constant lessons."
On Monday, Rock Bridge defeated Alton Marquette 5-0. On Tuesday, the team played Vianney, which is ranked ninth in the nation and first in the state, and won 2-1. But it didn't stop there — on Wednesday, the Bruins beat Kirkwood 3-1, improving to 8-1.
"I just think it is motivation to keep working hard," senior Reggie Tyler said. "It shows us what we can do. I don't think it has a huge effect; we are just going to keep doing what we have been doing all season."
Rock Bridge plays another tough opponent at 4 p.m. Friday. The team will travel to St. Louis to face Christian Brothers, which is ranked third in the state and 23rd nationally by studentsports.com as of Tuesday.
Nichols thinks the humble, hardworking attitude of his team will help it achieve its potential.
"They are proud of the wins," Nichols said. "It was all exciting, but after the game, a little bit of time had passed, and it was just about getting back to work and making sure we are achieving our potential. That is, really, the main goal constantly is getting better and achieving our potential, which we are not even there yet."
Rock Bridge, which is ranked fourth in the state and 24th nationally by studentsports.com, has been competitive in the soccer program in the past and has high expectations for the rest of the season.
"Every team is different in some ways, and ... this year is the biggest expectations we have had yet," Nichols said. "I think this team is different, because despite the high expectations of the previous years, it just keeps building."
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