Slow start, good finish for Bruins

Sunday, April 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:18 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Somewhere along the way Rock Bridge woke up.

Rock Bridge lost to Parkway West 8-2 on Saturday morning but rebounded to defeat Webster Groves 7-3 later in the day at Cosmopolitan Park.

Despite early defensive mistakes, the Bruins held Parkway West to two goals in the first half and trailed 2-1 at halftime.

Rock Bridge coach Ben Smith said his team looked lethargic early.

“I just don’t think the guys were up and ready to play when the game started, and even then we were only down one at half,” Smith said.

“We felt like calls might have helped swing it, but if we would have been up from the get go maybe those calls would not have mattered.”

The Bruins received seven penalties in the fourth quarter and spent much of the closing minutes shorthanded. Officials expelled Smith from the game for arguing after a call.

Senior Kyle Blaeuer scored the first half goal for the Bruins. Senior Chris Lubbering scored in the second.

Rock Bridge (3-2) was anything but sluggish when it faced Webster Groves (4-6) in the afternoon.

A pair of quick goals from Blake Schleider, a sophomore midfielder, gave the Bruins an early lead.

Schleider scooped up a ground ball and flicked a shot past goalie Chris Lane in the first quarter.

He scored unassisted on a similar play in the second quarter.

The Woodchuck defense began keying on Schleider, which created opportunities for the rest of the Rock Bridge attack.

Blaeuer scored two goals off assists from Schleider and sophomore Vincent Thayer. Lubbering, Jacob Tillitt and Matt McDonald also scored.

The Bruins’ attack scored most of its goals with a man up advantage.

“They got frustrated and committed a lot of slashing penalties,” Blaeuer said.

“That’s part of the game. We didn’t really work our offensive motion very well, but we scored a lot of man up goals.”

Brad Storr and Zach Dioneda scored fourth-quarter goals for Webster Groves.

The Woodchucks seemed poised to make a late run, but senior goalie Chris Johnson preserved the Bruin lead with 11 fourth-quarter saves.

“Chris has got a lot of natural talent,” Smith said. “He’s been working on the mechanics of his game and he’s just kept getting better and better.”

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