Recent history suggested that the Missouri Class 3 District 10 Tournament championship game between the Rolla and Jefferson City high school girls’ soccer teams Thursday night was going to be a tight, low-scoring contest.


It was.


Recent history also suggested that the Jefferson City?Lady Jays would prevail.


They did not.


The Rolla Lady Bulldogs finally got past the Lady Jays and returned to the state playoffs. But it took a pair of overtimes and a long shootout.


Junior forward Ellen Spooner finally ended a marathon district title game for Rolla on Thursday by scoring on the eighth Lady Bulldog attempt in a penalty-kick shootout, giving Rolla the razor-thin edge over the Lady Jays.


RHS, now 13-9-2, will meet Columbia Rock Bridge in Missouri Class 3 Sectional action Tuesday, May 25 at the 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City. Rock Bridge also advanced by clipping Troy 1-0 in the District 9 Tournament finals.


The Rolla-Jefferson City game was moved from Jefferson City to the turf field at Columbia Hickman Thursday due to the wet weather.


The game was scoreless throughout regulation and throughout a pair of 15-minute overtime periods, putting the contest into a shootout.


And the shootout remained even through seven shooters.


Spooner was the eighth RHS shooter. And her shot hit both posts before deflecting into the goal. The Lady Jays’ following shot was wide, giving the victory to Rolla.

Senior keeper Adrian Pogue recorded her 14th shutout for the Lady Bulldogs.


Last season Rolla fell to Jefferson City three times by the score of 1-0 including the district title game at Waynesville, with the game-winning goal coming with less than two minutes remaining. Earlier this season the Lady Jays defeated RHS 2-1.


“They’re a very strong team,” RHS head coach Mike Howard said of Jefferson City. “We got fortunate in they hit the post a couple of times. But our girls did exactly what they needed to do to win.


“We try to get them to focus on doing what is right, and the results will follow. And we played exceptionally well (Thursday). They’re strong defensively and have some attacking players. Our girls really stepped up.”


Now the Lady Bulldogs turn their attention to a Rock Bridge Lady Bruin team which comes into sectional competition with a 11-10-2 record. The two teams met a couple of weeks ago in the Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Tournament and that game finished in a scoreless tie.


The winner of the Rolla-Rock Bridge contest Tuesday advances on to Missouri Class 3 Quarterfinal action at 1 p.m. May 29 at Slaughter Field in Waynesville.


“We are two very evenly-matched teams,” Howard said. “Actually Rock Bridge and us are like mirror images of each other. Those are two good defenses.”


The last time Rolla played Rock Bridge in a playoff contest was in 2001, when Rolla hosted a state quarterfinal matchup at the Lions Club Soccer Complex. The Lady Bulldogs entered the game with a 27-0 record but lost to Rock Bridge in the quarterfinals.


Recent history suggested that the Missouri Class 3 District 10 Tournament championship game between the Rolla and Jefferson City high school girls’ soccer teams Thursday night was going to be a tight, low-scoring contest.

It was.

Recent history also suggested that the Jefferson City?Lady Jays would prevail.

They did not.

The Rolla Lady Bulldogs finally got past the Lady Jays and returned to the state playoffs. But it took a pair of overtimes and a long shootout.

Junior forward Ellen Spooner finally ended a marathon district title game for Rolla on Thursday by scoring on the eighth Lady Bulldog attempt in a penalty-kick shootout, giving Rolla the razor-thin edge over the Lady Jays.

RHS, now 13-9-2, will meet Columbia Rock Bridge in Missouri Class 3 Sectional action Tuesday, May 25 at the 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City. Rock Bridge also advanced by clipping Troy 1-0 in the District 9 Tournament finals.

The Rolla-Jefferson City game was moved from Jefferson City to the turf field at Columbia Hickman Thursday due to the wet weather.

The game was scoreless throughout regulation and throughout a pair of 15-minute overtime periods, putting the contest into a shootout.

And the shootout remained even through seven shooters.

Spooner was the eighth RHS shooter. And her shot hit both posts before deflecting into the goal. The Lady Jays’ following shot was wide, giving the victory to Rolla.
Senior keeper Adrian Pogue recorded her 14th shutout for the Lady Bulldogs.

Last season Rolla fell to Jefferson City three times by the score of 1-0 including the district title game at Waynesville, with the game-winning goal coming with less than two minutes remaining. Earlier this season the Lady Jays defeated RHS 2-1.

“They’re a very strong team,” RHS head coach Mike Howard said of Jefferson City. “We got fortunate in they hit the post a couple of times. But our girls did exactly what they needed to do to win.

“We try to get them to focus on doing what is right, and the results will follow. And we played exceptionally well (Thursday). They’re strong defensively and have some attacking players. Our girls really stepped up.”

Now the Lady Bulldogs turn their attention to a Rock Bridge Lady Bruin team which comes into sectional competition with a 11-10-2 record. The two teams met a couple of weeks ago in the Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Tournament and that game finished in a scoreless tie.

The winner of the Rolla-Rock Bridge contest Tuesday advances on to Missouri Class 3 Quarterfinal action at 1 p.m. May 29 at Slaughter Field in Waynesville.

“We are two very evenly-matched teams,” Howard said. “Actually Rock Bridge and us are like mirror images of each other. Those are two good defenses.”

The last time Rolla played Rock Bridge in a playoff contest was in 2001, when Rolla hosted a state quarterfinal matchup at the Lions Club Soccer Complex. The Lady Bulldogs entered the game with a 27-0 record but lost to Rock Bridge in the quarterfinals.