Michael Ferguson tries to score every game.
It is a mind-set that has helped Ferguson, a junior at Rock Bridge, tie the school record for goals in a season at 28.
Ferguson will have a chance to set the record at 7:15 tonight when the No. 3-seeded Bruins meet No. 2 Hickman in the District 10 tournament at Helias.
Kevin Brooks set the record in 1993. Kickapoo’s Jack Jewsbury, who scored 59 goals in 1998, set the state record.
Ferguson, a forward, said his position is supposed to score.
“(Marco Pagoada and I) are both strikers for a reason,” Ferguson said. “(Coach David) Graham wants us to score.”
Pagoada said Ferguson’s perseverance on every play is why he tied the record.
“I’m more of an assist guy,” Pagoada said. “I’ll set up the play and he likes to finish it.”
Because of a sore left knee, Graham planned to limit Ferguson’s playing time in Thursday’s 3-1 regular season victory against the Kewpies. He still was often the first Bruins player to reach a ball surrounded by Kewpies defenders.
“My No. 1 goal is to focus and get the win for the team,” Ferguson said. “(The record) was on my mind a little bit, but coach was telling me that I wasn’t going to play that much at all.”
Graham said Ferguson never gives up on offense or defensive plays. He said Ferguson’s commitment raises the team’s standard for hard work.
“Michael has a work rate that is second to none,” Graham said. “No one outworks Mike. Outside of Adam Reed, if our starting lineup would put in 80 percent of Mike’s work rate, I don’t think we would have as many close games.”
Tonight will be the third game between the Bruins (19-5) and the Kewpies (14-5-5) this season. The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 3-2 on Oct. 1.
The teams had a bye in the first round of the tournament. The winner of today’s game will advance to play in the championship at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Kewpies coach Jon Strodtman said that it will be a tough match against Rock Bridge, especially because the Kewpies are not at full strength. Outside midfielder Cole Riley injured his left ankle Thursday warming up.
“We are going to have to fight like dogs to have a chance,” Strodtman said.