One soccer record was broken when Rock Bridge faced Hickman on Thursday night. Another will have to wait.
The Bruins defeated the Kewpies 2-1 at Cosmopolitan Park to set a school record for wins in a season with 19, breaking a mark set in 1993.
Bruins forward Michael Ferguson, nursing a sore knee, needed to score to reach 29 goals and break the record for goals in a season. He didn’t get it, but his two assists lifted the Bruins (19-5) in a physical game.
Rock Bridge won in the 57th minute on Matt Lightner’s header that found an open net, giving Ferguson his second assist.
The Bruins scored their first goal in the 13th minute with a familiar combination.
After goalkeeper Tanner Mills saved an indirect kick, senior forward Marco Pagoada received a pass from Ferguson and perfectly placed a shot in the right corner.
The Kewpies (14-5-5) tied it with three minutes left in the first half on a Don Gettemeier penalty kick, which came after Gettemeier was fouled in the box. He didn’t waste his shot, beating Mills, who broke the opposite way.
After taking the lead, the Bruins kept the pressure on the Kewpies.
A deflected shot by Bruins senior Nate Wax gave Pagoada an opportunity to score again from the wing. His shot, though, missed high.
“In the second half, we played a much better game than the first,” Bruins coach David Graham said. “We were much more composed, and we did a better job controlling the play.”
Hickman didn’t capitalize on its only good opportunity of the second half. With Mills out of position, Travis Tegerdine’s shot from 10 feet out hit the crossbar.
The Bruins defense, led by Jake Pratt and John Carney, allowed the Kewpies few chances. Mills made seven saves.
On Hickman’s senior night, coach Jon Strodtman wanted to give his upperclassmen playing time.
“(Hickman’s) a great team. It’s their senior night,” Graham said. “He’s rotating a lot of people around and in and out, so it’ll be a different team when we play them Monday (for districts).
“Record-wise we are the best team in Rock Bridge history. It won’t be the best team in history unless they win districts, and they know that.”
During warmups, Hickman senior Cole Riley injured his ankle and is out indefinitely.
“If it’s not broken, it’s a very serious sprain,” Strodtman said. “I’ve been there; I’d rather have broken it.”