Union again the victim as Lady Bulldog soccer takes 1-0 decision.
The Union Wildcats are probably getting tired of being the victim of Mike Howard milestone victories.
Union was the opponent when Howard recorded his first career victory as a high school soccer coach - a 2-0 boys’ soccer decision on Sept. 5, 1991.
Again, Union was the victim when Howard recorded win No. 600 a couple years ago.
And with Howard’s career win No. 700 (combined boys/girls) was up for grabs on Wednesday...again it was Union standing in the way.
And once again, the Wildcats had to watch Howard be congratulated.
In a battle of state-ranked opponents, the Rolla High School girls’ soccer team gave their coach No. 700 on Wednesday with a 1-0 non-conference victory at Lions Memorial Field.
Howard has been the RHS boys’ soccer coach for all but the Bulldogs initial season of 1990. And he began the Lady Bulldog program.
So, nearly every RHS soccer victory is credited to Howard as coach.
His combined record at RHS is now 700-279-60.
No. 700 wasn’t easy, as the Lady Bulldogs and Lady Wildcats battled to a scoreless draw until just 24 minutes remained, when Mike’s daughter, senior Nicole Hoard, took a pass from freshman Addy Brow and buried the goal.
RHS had built up on the left side of the field with a ball played flag to Brow, who beat a defender and served a perfect ball right onto Nicole’s foot, which she one-touched past the Union keeper.
Sophomore Katie Hudson recorded her fifth shutout in goal for RHS, which has six shutouts on the season.
Also, freshman Michelle Kean and sophomore Emma Laney took turns marking up Union standout junior midfielder Bethany Coons.
Coons, with 25 goals this season, has already verbally committed to play at Mizzou.
Rolla, ranked No. 7 in the Missouri Class 2 state poll, improves to 9-2 while Union, ranked No. 9 in Class 2, falls to 9-2.
It’s the first time Union had been shut out all season. In fact, before Wednesday Union had scored at least four goals in each game. Earlier this week the Lady Wildcats crushed St. James 12-0, and also had a pair of games in which they netted 10 goals.
Union won the junior varsity game 3-1. Morgan Phenix scored the goal on an assist from Caroline Victor for the Rolla jayvee squad, now 5-2.
“Emma and Michelle did a great job on Coons,” Mike Howard said. “Katie made some great saves. I felt like we kept the ball and played real well the first 30 minutes or so. Not sure if we got tired from the night before or if Union played better, but they put some pressure on us with some good buildups later in the game. They are a strong team with a very dangerous player.
“The goal we scored was textbook, a great serve from Addy and composed finish by Nic. Now we have a tough weekend ahead with two quality Hazelwood teams coming in.”
RHS hosts Hazelwood West in a varsity-only game Friday at 4:30 p.m. at the Bray Sports Complex. On Saturday Rolla hosts Hazelwood Central at noon.