Host Lady Bulldogs second with 2-1 mark.
After suffering their first loss of the season, the Rolla High School girls’ soccer team went on to finish 2-1 and place second in the Phelps County Bank/RHS Soccer Classic, held Friday and Saturday at the Bray Sports Complex.
Rolla and Springfield Catholic both finished 2-1 while Washington and Northwest Cedar Hill were both 2-1.
Based on points, Catholic won the event with 16 points while Rolla was second with 13 points, Northwest third with six and Washington fourth with six. The Northwest-Washington tie was broken on head-to-head competition.
On Friday RHS was beaten by Washington 2-1. The game was scoreless with 10 minutes remaining. Rolla then took a 1-0 lead on a goal by senior Nicole Howard, assisted by sophomore Brynn Proffitt.
Just :45 later an apparent miscommunication in the Rolla defense allowed Washington to score off a corner kick.
And with three minutes remaining Washington scored off a restart for the game-winner.
“We played a real solid 70 minutes to give ourselves a chance to win the game late,” said RHS head coach Mike Howard. “We gave up a soft goal almost immediately after taking the lead and we were not able to recover from that.”
On Saturday morning the Rolla Lady Bulldogs stopped Catholic 1-0. The lone goal came four minutes into the second half on a goal by Howard, assisted by junior Meggy Ross. Caroline Victor recorded the shutout in goal for Rolla, her first of the season.
“We probably played the best 80 minutes that we’ve played all season,” said Howard. “We did a good job of keeping the ball and we were organized defensively as well. Nick scored a real nice goal from about 25 yards out.”
Saturday afternoon the Lady Bulldogs topped Northwest 2-1. Junior Amber Walters scored her first goal of the season 15 minutes into the game, assisted by freshman Addy Brow.
Howard scored eight minutes later off an assist by sophomore Emma Laney. Northwest scored with 10 minutes left in the first half.
Victor was again in goal for RHS, now 4-1 overall.
“We didn’t really have much in the tank left for the last game, but we gutted out a win. Victor did a great job playing in goal the last two games for us. I was really proud of the way we bounced back after a tough loss on Friday to beat two good teams on Saturday. It says a lot about his team.”
In the other games, Catholic shut out Northwest 4-0; Northwest clipped Washington 2-1, and Catholic beat Washington 3-1.
The Lady Bulldogs are scheduled to open Four Rivers Conference action today at West Plains, starting at 5 p.m.