Late in the first half Tuesday night Rolla High School girls’ soccer head coach Mike Howard turned and said, “I didn’t see this coming.”


Neither did anyone else.


All evidence pointed to a defensive standoff when two of the area’s most stingy teams -- Rolla and Columbia Rock Bridge -- collided in Missouri Class 3 Sectional action at Jefferson City 179 Park on Tuesday.


However, all of a sudden the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins got mighty offensive.


Rock Bridge stunned the Lady Bulldogs with three first-half goals and went on to post a 4-0 victory.


The win moves the Lady Bruins, now 12-10-2, into Class 3 Quarterfinal action Saturday in


Waynesville against Nixa (1 p.m. start). Nixa shut out Willard 3-0 in sectional action Tuesday to advance.


Rolla ends the campaign with a 13-10-2 mark.


The Lady Bulldogs entered last night’s game with 14 shutouts on the season, including the district tournament championship win over Jefferson City High, which Rolla finally ended in penalty-kick shootouts on the eighth attempt.


Entering the game Howard felt another shootout thriller was certainly in the cards.

However, the Lady Bruins, who have had problems finishing on offense all spring long, solved that problem on Tuesday.


Sophomore forward Anna Alioto put Rock Bridge on the scoreboard at the 25:11 mark of the first half, as she drained a goal 25 yards left of the goal.


Rock Bridge made it 2-0 at the 14:56 mark of the first half on a questionable goal. Rock Bridge sophomore midfielder Caraline Trecha fired a shot off the left side of the goal in a scrum of players. The ball seemed to hit Trecha’s arm before it went through the net. Howard was pleading for a handball call, but to no avail.


Lady Bruin sophomore forward Alexis Bumby made it 3-0 by putting in a header off a corner kick with 6:51 remaining in the first half, which proved to be the halftime score.


Rolla had no more success in the second half. And Alioto made the final score with a goal at the 20:09 mark of the second half.


Rock Bridge outshot Rolla 10-2.


Late in the first half Tuesday night Rolla High School girls’ soccer head coach Mike Howard turned and said, “I didn’t see this coming.”

Neither did anyone else.

All evidence pointed to a defensive standoff when two of the area’s most stingy teams -- Rolla and Columbia Rock Bridge -- collided in Missouri Class 3 Sectional action at Jefferson City 179 Park on Tuesday.

However, all of a sudden the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins got mighty offensive.

Rock Bridge stunned the Lady Bulldogs with three first-half goals and went on to post a 4-0 victory.

The win moves the Lady Bruins, now 12-10-2, into Class 3 Quarterfinal action Saturday in

Waynesville against Nixa (1 p.m. start). Nixa shut out Willard 3-0 in sectional action Tuesday to advance.

Rolla ends the campaign with a 13-10-2 mark.

The Lady Bulldogs entered last night’s game with 14 shutouts on the season, including the district tournament championship win over Jefferson City High, which Rolla finally ended in penalty-kick shootouts on the eighth attempt.

Entering the game Howard felt another shootout thriller was certainly in the cards.
However, the Lady Bruins, who have had problems finishing on offense all spring long, solved that problem on Tuesday.

Sophomore forward Anna Alioto put Rock Bridge on the scoreboard at the 25:11 mark of the first half, as she drained a goal 25 yards left of the goal.

Rock Bridge made it 2-0 at the 14:56 mark of the first half on a questionable goal. Rock Bridge sophomore midfielder Caraline Trecha fired a shot off the left side of the goal in a scrum of players. The ball seemed to hit Trecha’s arm before it went through the net. Howard was pleading for a handball call, but to no avail.

Lady Bruin sophomore forward Alexis Bumby made it 3-0 by putting in a header off a corner kick with 6:51 remaining in the first half, which proved to be the halftime score.

Rolla had no more success in the second half. And Alioto made the final score with a goal at the 20:09 mark of the second half.

Rock Bridge outshot Rolla 10-2.