Normally, it would have been a dull night in the Rock Bridge goal for Emily Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark.
Monday, though, each goalie scored a goal in the Bruins’ 10-0 victory against the Mexico Bulldogs at Cosmopolitan Park.
Rock Bridge’s Julianne Weagley scored in the 74th minute to end the game early. Bruins goalie Amy Chesshir never touched the ball in the shutout.
Schuenemeyer scored in the first minute to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead and had two assists. Roark scored in the 41st minute to push Rock Bridge’s lead to 5-0.
Schuenemeyer also had two assists, the final one coming on a cornerkick to Rachel Drennan for a header to make it 6-0 in the 55th minute.
Schuenemeyer and Roark normally play a half apiece in goal.
“I think they have a new appreciation for different positions after playing someone else’s,” Bruins coach Marc VanDover said.
Ten players scored for the Bruins (13-7-1), who put 18 shots on goal and had 32 total shots.
“Rock Bridge is just awesome,” Mexico coach Brad Ellebracht said. “They had some key players out tonight and some other players just stepped up.”
Mexico is 6-12-1.
The Bruins had four starting players out with injuries. Kelly Simon has a sprained left ankle, and Jenny Blankenship has a sprained right ankle. Emily Winter has a left shoulder injury and Kelly Tanzey has a broken right foot.
All but Tanzey could be back by Monday for the start of the district tournament.
Rock Bridge got an additional scare when defender Ashley Tune injured her left ankle in the 27th minute after scoring on a 30-yard shot in the 22nd minute to increase the Bruins lead to 2-0. VanDover said he did not know the severity of Tune’s injury.
Schuenemeyer and Roark were not the only players in different positions. VanDover put senior midfielder Alissa Swilling at forward and moved up senior defenseman Anna Gross. Both scored goals.
“I guess normally I’m giving those balls,” Swilling said. “But tonight I got a good one and scored.”
VanDover saw the game as a chance to reward some of the Bruins’ important but unheralded players.
“Anna Gross has stepped it up all year,” VanDover said. “She played in the backfield and she’s a natural outside mid. I moved her in the back and she just did a great job. In (Swilling’s) position as a central midfielder she is more of a play maker.”
Kiki Kruse, Karissa Nedoma and Jordyn Sharp added goals for the Bruins who matched their highest offensive output of the year.
“Our offense has been on fire recently,” Swilling said. “Tonight was one of our best offensive out puts of the season. Everything was just clicking and we were making great through passes.”