Ragged field slows Bruins

Thursday, March 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 12:26 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 12, 2008

When a team plays its first scrimmage, it’s usually the players, rusty from a year away from the sport, that mar a pristine field. On Wednesday in Rock Bridge’s Green and Gold game, though, it was the field that marred the Bruins’ play. Straw and seeding used to patch the Bruins’ soggy field created obstacles for the Bruins.

“I could see their passes were coming along and there was good movement away from the ball,” coach Marc Van Dover said, “given the conditions.”

Rock Bridge’s varsity team defeated the Bruins’ junior varsity 3-0 on Wednesday at Rock Bridge. Varsity goalie Emily Schuelenmeyer earned the shutout and sophomores Sophia Alioto and Karissa Nedoma each scored.

Emily Roark, the Bruins’ other goalie, sat out the game after slightly separating her shoulder in practice last week.

“I don’t know whether I’m blessed or hexed with two great senior keepers,” Van Dover said. “I would like to play just one, but they’ve forced me to play two.”

Three freshmen have played well enough to secure spots on the Bruins’ varsity roster this year. One of them, Kiki Kruse, scored the final goal on a straight shot from just outside the penalty box.

“I tried my best not to put any freshmen on varsity, but they forced me to,” Van Dover said. “All three freshmen are very physical and well conditioned.”

Schuelenmeyer and Roark are part of a talented senior class that will send four players to collegiate soccer programs next year.

Roark will play at Truman State, Ashley Tune will play for Central Missouri State, Kelly Simon will walk-on at Notre Dame and Kelly Tanzey will play for William Woods.

“Kelly Tanzey is a goal scorer and I expect a lot from her,” Van Dover said. “Kelly Simon is one of the most talented players on defense that we’ve had here.”

Simon and Tune earned All-District honors as juniors for the Bruins.

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