For the second straight game, Rock Bridge needed nothing more than a first-minute goal.
The Bruins used members of their JV team and moved other players to different positions in a 3-0 win against the Moberly Spartans on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Bruins defender Alissa Swilling took a seemingly harmless shot in the first minute that bounced off goalkeeper Maggie Brown’s hands and into the goal.
“I took a shot and it just by chance went in,” Swilling said. “It always makes it a lot easier when we score early.”
Emily Roark, who scored for the Bruins in the first minute Monday against Mexico, teamed up with Emily Schuenemeyer for the shutout.
Schuenemeyer and Roark spent time in the field for the third time in the past week.
Rock Bridge has also needed help from four junior varsity players after injuries took out five of their starters.
“These couple of games have really helped us to know what we have to work on in practice with that new lineup,” Schuenemeyer said.
“It’s different; we haven’t really practiced with most of these JV girls that are playing up with us. Just getting used to knowing each other’s speed and each other’s touches.”
Jordyn Sharp, who normally plays junior varsity, scored for the second straight night. Sharp’s goal came from the left side of the field on a crossing shot past a leaping Brown in the 32nd minute to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
“It was intended as a cross at first, but then I got a different touch on it,” Sharp said. “It is very good experience and it helps me to know how I’m going to have to work next year.”
Julianne Weagley, Erin Bucko and Emily Crowe also have moved up from the JV.
“Initially, I was looking at them to move up during the tournament in Quincy (Ill., last weekend) just because we had four games (in two days) and needed extra people,” Bruins coach Marc VanDover said.
“They’ve earned the time. They’ve worked hard and they stand out on the JV field and deserve the opportunity but (I didn’t) anticipate them playing this much.”
Kelly Simon, Jenny Blankenship and Ashley Tune expect to be ready to play for Rock Bridge (14-7-1) by Monday’s Class 2, District 10 Tournament in Sedalia.
“There’s no doubt I’ll be back by Monday,” Tune said. “I’ll take (the boot brace) off if I have to.”
Moberly has also had to deal with holes in its lineup late this season. Three players are out with injuries for the Spartans (10-6).
“They’re coming off of a lot of injuries and we’re in the same boat,” Moberly coach Tony Iadevito said.
“We’re fighting some inconsistency and finding some kids in positions that they’re not used to. One thing you don’t want to do is allow Rock Bridge to get lots of shots and they did and we’re fortunate they only stuck three in on us.”