Minutes before the game, goalie Emily Schuenemeyer asked her Rock Bridge soccer teammates whether they were ready for their game against the Marshall Owls.
The Bruins responded with their play.
Kelly Tanzey and Kiki Kruse scored two goals as the Bruins defeated Marshall 7-0 on Tuesday night at Cosmopolitan Park.
Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark, who are seniors, played a half in goal for the Bruins (9-1-1), who earned their third straight shutout.
The Owls’ three shots came in the second half against Roark. Goalie Kate McLaughlin faced 30 shots and made 14 saves for the Owls (1-7).
“We didn’t really give their defense any problems,” Owls coach Rayshawn Mars said. “They have girls that have been playing on the same club team practically from birth … they have good development, good skill and it’s hard to beat a team like that.”
Tanzey epitomized that skill, assisting Karissa Nedoma on the first goal and then dribbling through and around defenders to score in the 12th and 60th minutes.
“Both goals were pretty much the same,” Tanzey said. “I received the ball with my back to the goal and I used one-on-one moves we work on every day; it just comes naturally.”
Tanzey’s second-half score started a three-goal spurt for the Bruins that included an Ashley Tune goal in the 65th minute and a Kruse goal in the 63rd minute.
“I think that was just an adrenaline rush,” Tanzey said. “We realized, ‘Hey, we’ve got this team … let’s just put them away now.’”
Tune assisted on Kruse’s goals, the first coming on a second-effort shot past a sprawling McLaughlin.
Kruse, a freshman at Jefferson Junior High, has four goals. Bruins coach Marc VanDover said he has been pleased with the performance of his freshman class that includes Rachel Drennan and Jenny Blankenship.
“I made a pledge to myself at the beginning of the year to try and not play any freshmen on varsity,” VanDover said. “They’ve earned the time with their effort and outstanding skills.”
Schuenemeyer and Roark also impressed VanDover.
“Both are outstanding keepers and I’ve wanted them to battle, which they have, for that position,” VanDover said. “I was thinking that one of them would win the starting position but we’re in a rotation now … they’ve both earned their time.”
Tanzey credited the Bruins’ prolific performance on offense to good crossing passes from the Rock Bridge defense.
“We couldn’t have had those open one on ones if the defense hadn’t put the ball so well across,” Tanzey said.
“Tonight (Marshall) left me with just one person to beat so it gave me the opportunity to (score).”