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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Sidelines: Froehlich makes history Friday

  • RHS star breaks Missouri boys' prep soccer career goal-scoring record.
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  • Rolla High School's Aaron Froehlich made history on Friday.
    Froehlich, the quicksilver forward for the No. 2 state-ranked Bulldogs, was just one score short of tying the state's career goals record heading into Friday's opening game against College Heights in the Thomas Whitefield Games at Kiwanis Field.
    According to RHS head coach Mike Howard, Froehlich entered this weekend with 172 career goals - one behind the 173 total amassed by School of the Osage's Robbie Mueller the previous four years.
    Mueller, now graduated, broke the state's career goals record that had stood for 46 years in 2012. That old mark, set by CBC's John Pisani from 1963-66, was 138. Mueller passed that mark against Lebanon in September of last year and went on to set the bar at 172.
    Froehlich cleared that bar on Friday, scoring two second-half goals to push his career total to 174.
    And counting.
    Ironically, Mueller's head coach at Osage, Brandon Randall, has gotten an up-close-and-personal look at the guy who bested his former star's total.
    Randall took over as Springfield Parkview's boys' soccer head coach this season.
    Parkview is a Ozark Conference rival of Rolla's and on Sept. 17, on the new synthetic turf at Lions Memorial Field, Froehlich poured in four goals to help the Bulldogs pound Parkview 9-1.
    Froehlich is the second all-time RHS great who has held Missouri state soccer records.
    The other was the great Anne Felts, formerly of the RHS girls' soccer team who went on to a national championship career at college's greatest soccer power, North Carolina.
    Well done, Aaron. You're in great company.
    Here's hoping you end your Bulldog career by leading RHS to a Missouri Class 2 state championship.

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