Friday win over state's No. 2-ranked team highlights weekend for No. 3 Bulldogs.
Prior to this year the Rolla High School boys' soccer team had never come away from the Parkway Tournament with more than one win in any one season.
Over the weekend, the Bulldogs did not lose in the tourney.
Rolla swept through the field to gain its first ever championship of the Parkway Tournament.
The big matchup this weekend was the first one, as Rolla took on host Parkway West Friday night in a matchup of two of the top three ranked teams in the Missouri Class 2 state poll. And in that showdown No. 3 Rolla knocked off No. 2 Parkway West.
Senior midfielder Austin Parks scored off a corner kick served by senior midfielder Logan Houf 25 minutes into the game to give RHS a 1-0 halftime lead.
Nine minutes into the second half senior forward Aaron Froehlich scored a header served from Houf on a restart. RHS went up 3-0 when Parks took a pass from senior forward Hunter Short, dribbled in on the right and drilled a shot over the West keeper.
West got its lone goal off a corner kick with 15 minutes remaining.
Rolla opened Saturday's action by shutting out Parkway North 4-0. Froehlich scored three goals and H. Short added another.
Senior defender Nate Kramme, junior defender Theron Weeks, Houf and Parks had assists. Senior Gage Scurlock recorded the shutout.
The Bulldogs wrapped up the title by beating Parkway South 5-2. RHS jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead but the Patriots tied it up with just 15 minutes left. RHS then reeled off three unanswered goals to win.
Froehlich recorded three goals while Parks and sophomore forward Thomas MacCash each had one. Houf had two assists and Kramme one.
The Bulldogs are now 8-1 overall.
"Friday night we played great team defense, we were very organized and we finished our chances," said RHS head coach Mike Howard. "To go on the road and win against such a strong opponent is a huge accomplishment. I don't know that we have played a better game this season.
"We got tired and fitness became a huge issue in the South game; it would have been easy to roll over when it went to 2-2 late. To score three goals in 15 minutes against a strong team when tired tells the story of our character right now. I'm very proud of our effort."
The Bulldogs are scheduled to play again on Tuesday at West Plains in Ozark Conference play, starting at 5 p.m.