The Bruins haven’t forgotten how to win.
After a 10-day absence from soccer competition, a 7-0 win against Marshall at Cosmopolitan Park proved that Tuesday night.
Rock Bridge improved to 17-1-2. Marshall is 7-10.
“I’m surprised,” said Michael Ferguson, who had four goals to extend his school record to 33. “I thought we would come out a lot more rusty than this. But we showed up.”
Either Ferguson or Adam Reed could have taken the credit for each of the Bruin’s first two goals.
Reed kicked in Ferguson’s 4th-minute header but said the ball had already crossed the goal line.
In the 19th minute, Ferguson knocked in the rebound after Reed’s shot bounced off Owls’ goalkeeper Christian Barcenas. Reed’s shot looked to be on its way into the goal, but he again deferred to Ferguson.
“I love watching how my team is unselfish,” coach David Graham said. “I like that it doesn’t really matter to us who gets the credit as long as we get the win.”
Reed was credited with an assist on the second goal. It was his 16th of the season, tying a school record. That record didn’t even last for the rest of the game, however, as David Hilderbrand’s fourth assist of the night on Ferguson’s 46th-minute goal gave him 17 on the year.
“I’m not trying to compete with Adam,” Hilderbrand said. “I think both of our intensity levels are so high that both of us were bound to break the record.”
Reed said their competitiveness comes from a shared work ethic. The Bruins strive to make sure that each member of the team improves every day. Records don’t set themselves. They are earned.
“It just shows how competitive we’ve been in practice as a team,” Reed said. “With Mike getting the record for goals and everything else, we’re just working hard to push each other to get better.”
The Bruins hadn’t played since a 7-1 win against Jackson on Oct. 9. Games against Blue Springs South and Borgia were canceled due to rain.
Graham said the extra practice time benefited his team.
“Every day we had a chance to get better we used it,” Graham said. “We had practice every opportunity we could. That’s been our goal all season long goal, to get better every day.”
The Marshall game allowed the Bruins to play in adverse weather conditions.
“My shoes feel like they weigh about 10 pounds,” said John Carney, who scored Rock Bridge’s sixth goal. “They’re so waterlogged. They just sink into the ground.”