In long-sleeved maroon jerseys and huddled under a royal blue tent, the Jefferson City Jays came prepared for the cold, rainy weather and the soccer competition on Tuesday night at Rock Bridge Field.
The home team, Rock Bridge, on the other hand, seemed a little less prepared, both for the weather and the game in their short-sleeved jerseys and without a tarp to shield them from the elements.
Whether those factors played a role in the game’s outcome, the Jays beat the Bruins 2-0. Both of Jefferson City’s goals came in the first half when the wind blew and rain came down at their hardest.
“We definitely came out flat tonight, and we were playing in the same conditions as they were, you know, that’s not an excuse for how we played,” said sophomore Kelsey Eckenrode. “I mean I guess you could say maybe we were tired from last night, but we just came out flat.”
The Bruins will get only one day’s rest before they take on Quincy Senior High on Thursday at their home Rock Bridge Field in a week in which the Bruins have five games scheduled.
Tuesday’s loss was the second of the week’s five games and came on the heels of a grueling overtime tie at cross-town rival Hickman on Monday night.
“We were tired and we all played our hearts out against Hickman,” senior Erin Bucko said. “And I think that we were all a little bit tired from the game last night and coming out again in another district game wasn’t too exciting for us after last night.”
The game marked the start of a five-game home stretch for the Bruins, but the girls say that it shouldn’t matter whether they play home or away.
“I don’t think that we really play any differently at home than when we’re away,” Bucko said. “I think it all has to do with how we come into the game and tonight we didn’t come into the game and I think tonight we didn’t come into the game the same as we normally do.”