Failing to score the game's opening goal for the first time this season, the Rolla High School girls' soccer team had to battle from behind to defeat Waynesville 2-1 Tuesday in Ozark Conference action.
The Rolla Lady Bulldogs, ranked No. 6 in the current Missouri Class 2 state poll, improves to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference.
The Waynesville Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead by halftime, only the second time this season RHS has played from behind.
However, a pair of goals by junior forward Nicole Howard coupled with a shutout defensive effort over the second half allowed Rolla to come back.
Both of Howard's goals were assisted by senior Bailey Dent.
"It's a good win for us," said RHS head coach Mike Howard. "Waynesville defeated us twice last season and had beaten us three times in a row. I was proud of the fact that we didn't panic when we went down 1-0. The girls were very relaxed at halftime, played a good second half and were able to get a victory."
Waynesville won the junior varsity game 1-0.
The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to play another league game on the road today, at Camdenton, starting at 5 p.m.