11th shutout of the season for No. 5 Lady Bulldogs.
For the second straight game the Rolla High School girls’ soccer team was held scoreless entering intermission.
And for the second straight game the Lady Bulldogs took care of business in the second half.
The Lady Bulldogs tallied both goals in the second half to shut out Joplin 2-0 Thursday in Ozark Conference play.
It was the ninth consecutive victory and sixth straight shutout for Rolla, now 14-2 overall, 7-0 in the conference and tied for No. 5 in the Missouri Class 2 state poll.
Joplin falls to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference.
The Rolla defense was suffocating, as the Lady Bulldogs outshot the Lady Eagles 23-4, including 18-3 in shots-on-goal.
Sophomore keeper Katie Hudson recorded Rolla’s 11th shutout of the campaign.
Freshman Addy Brow scored on a corner kick by senior Nicole Howard with 22 minutes remaining to break the tie.
Howard added the Lady Bulldogs’ second goal with eight minutes remaining on a through ball from senior Aysen Malone.
“It was a good result for us,” said RHS head coach Mike Howard. “Joplin is a much bigger team than us and they defend well. It took us a while but we stayed with it and we were finally able to get some balls in the net.
“I was pleased that we didn’t panic in a game that we controlled. It’s easy to get frustrated and try to do too much individually when you have the ball at your feet. That makes two games in a row that we have faced that situation and continued to play unselfish soccer and were rewarded for it.”
Rolla also won the junior varsity game 6-0.
Amber Walters scored three goals for the jayvee Lady Bulldogs, now 8-2, while Caroline Victor, Sierra LeClaire and Sam Turner all had one goal. Marissa Hill, Kessah Headrick, Ally Melson and LeClaire all had assists.
Calista McCormick was in goal for the jayvee Lady Bulldogs.
Rolla is slated to play a non-conference game on Monday at Jefferson City against Jefferson City High School in a battle of state-ranked teams, starting at 5 p.m.
Jefferson City is ranked No. 5 in the latest Missouri Class 3 state poll.
On Tuesday Rolla hosts another state-ranked team - Springfield Glendale - in Ozark Conference play at 5 p.m. at the Bray Sports Complex in what could determine the league champion. Glendale is ranked No. 9 in Class 3.