About a third of the way through the regular season, the Jefferson City Lady Jays believe they are starting to figure things out on the defensive end.
Now it's a matter of continuing to develop a consistent offensive attack.
"It took us a little while to figure out things in the back," Lady Jays coach Tom Guinn said Tuesday night after Jefferson City dropped a 2-0 decision to the Rock Bridge Bruins at the 179 Soccer Park. "In the first five games, we really struggled in giving up goals. But in the last three, after we've made a few changes, we are a lot better at keeping people off the board.
"Now that we have that figured out, it's time to work more on the attacking third and find a way to get some more goals."
Jefferson City managed just two shots Tuesday.
"We probably don't have somebody that can score 20 goals this season," Guinn said. "We're going to have to find some blue collar goals, no matter what it takes. And it will take everybody to do that."
Rock Bridge scored in the first six minutes of Tuesday's game off a set piece, something that has plagued Jefferson City at times this season.
"I'd bet all the money in my bank account, which isn't a lot, that we've given up more goals on set pieces than we have in the run of play," Guinn said. "Teams aren't beating us on good goals, we're not giving up those goals were you have to tip your cap.
"We just need to play harder, smarter and more physical. And those are things you can fix."
Rock Bridge (8-2) doubled its lead with a goal in the final minute of the first half.
"You just hate to see those late goals," Guinn said. "I think we may have relaxed a little bit and you can't do that. You have to play all 40 minutes."
It was Jefferson City's first game at 179 this season.
"Our girls were excited to be out there, it amplified the intensity," Guinn said.
Jefferson City (2-6) is back in action Thursday at Battle before playing Glendale, Ozark and Willard in the Kickapoo Tournament this weekend.