For the second straight night and the third time this season, it looked as if the Rolla High School girls soccer team was headed to penalty kicks with the score tied 0-0.


But, Glendale senior Lorin Opfer made sure that didn’t happen. After 73 minutes of scoreless action, Opfer hammered home a rebound from inside the box to give the Falcons a 1-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs in a key district and conference game Tuesday night at Kiwanis Field.


For the second straight night and the third time this season, it looked as if the Rolla High School girls soccer team was headed to penalty kicks with the score tied 0-0.

But, Glendale senior Lorin Opfer made sure that didn’t happen. After 73 minutes of scoreless action, Opfer hammered home a rebound from inside the box to give the Falcons a 1-0 win over the Lady Bulldogs in a key district and conference game Tuesday night at Kiwanis Field.

“You have to give Glendale a lot of credit,” RHS head coach Mike Howard said. “In the first half, they really took it to us, especially in the first fifteen minutes. In the second half, we played a lot better, but we are still struggling to find a way to score off our restarts. We are just not getting our shots on goal.”

Opfer is the same player that doomed Rolla in the district championship two years ago. Then a sophomore, she made the winning penalty kick in a game that couldn’t be decided in regulation or four overtime periods.

This time she didn’t let it get that far. With just under eight minutes left, Glendale’s Emily Cline sent a nice shot on goal. Rolla keeper Adrian Pogue came up with a great save, but the rebound came out directly in front of the net. Opfer blasted it home seconds later.

“Adrian Pogue made a great save on the first shot, and it shouldn’t have even come to that. We had quite a few chances to clear it earlier. We just couldn’t get it out of the box,” Howard said. “When you give those kind of opportunities to a team with the skills of Glendale, they are going to finish one sooner or later, and they did.”

Rolla is now 13-5 overall. The Lady Bulldogs are finished with play in the Ozark Conference, recording a 6-3 record, the same as last season.

With the loss, the Bulldogs will most likely draw the No. 3 seed in the district tournament, meaning they’ll have to play on the first day. However, that was also the case last year and Rolla managed to win the event. Nobody will be surprised if any of the top four seeds ends up winning it.

“It’s a really tough district. Lebanon will most likely be our fourth seed, and they beat Kickapoo,” Howard said. 

Rolla won the junior varsity game 1-0, winning on an own goal by Glendale. Kayla James recorded the shutout. RHS is now 11-2-1.

Rolla returns to action later this week in the Quincy-Notre Dame Tournament, playing Quincy-Notre Dame on Friday before two more games on Saturday.