Jefferson City tops Rolla High girls' soccer in battle of state-ranked teams.
In a battle of state-ranked teams, the Rolla High School girls’ soccer team was beaten by Jefferson City High 2-0 Monday in non-conference play.
Rolla, ranked No. 4 in the latest Missouri Class 2 state poll, falls to 14-3. The Jefferson City Lady Jays, No. 4 in the Class 3 state poll, improves to 15-3-1.
Jefferson City scored with nine minutes remaining in the first half. The ball was shot from just inside the box and hit the crossbar. The ball bounced down and the Lady Jays were awarded the goal.
That stood as the halftime score.
It’s only the third time this season Rolla has trailed in a game.
“I doubt that there is one person who was at the game who can honestly say, with 100 percent confidence, if that ball crossed the line or if it didn’t,” said RHS head coach Mike Howard.
Rolla controlled the first 27 minutes of the second half. The Lady Bulldogs’ best scoring chance came with 20 minutes remaining, when freshman Addy Brow hit a shot which seemed to hit a Lady Jay player’s arm before being cleared off the goal line.
With Rolla pressing for a tying goal on a restart, the Lady Jays countered with a breakaway with 13 minutes remaining for the final score.
“It was easily the worst half of soccer that we have played all season,” Howard said of the first half. “Take nothing away from Jeff City; they are a strong team, obviously. But we didn’t put our best foot forward. The (first goal) changed the entire way you have to approach the second half, which for us was a good thing; it got us going a little bit.
“We have not been behind much this season, so it gave us a chance to try some things.”
Jefferson City also won the junior varsity game 3-0. The Rolla jayvee squad falls to 8-3.
Another state-ranked team awaited Rolla last night, as the Lady Bulldogs took on Springfield Glendale in Ozark Conference action in a game that could determine the league champion.
Glendale came in ranked No. 5 in the Class 3 state poll.
Rolla finishes a rugged week of play by competing in the Quincy (Ill.) Notre Dame Tournament Friday and Saturday.
Here is the latest Missouri State High School Soccer Coaches Association’s state rankings, released on Monday (first-place votes in parenthesis). Except for Rolla and Jefferson City’s, records are as of Friday:
1. Visitation (12) 11-2-1
2. St. Dominic 11-2
3. Smithville 14-2
4. Rolla 14-3
5. J.C. Helias 11-6-1
6. Kearney 11-2-2
6. Incarnate Word 5-7-1
8. MICDS 8-4-1
9. Ladue 15-2
10. St. Charles West 11-2
10. Union 13-4
Others receiving votes: Cape Gir. Notre Dame, Windsor, Bolivar.
1. St. teresa’s Academy (8) 10-0
2. St. Joseph’s (2) 15-1
3. Nerinx Hall (1) 12-1
4. Jefferson City 15-3-1
5. Spring. Glendale 13-2
6. Park Hill 14-4
7. Webster Groves 16-4
8. Nixa 10-3-1
9. Lee’s Summit North 8-5-2
10. Camdenton 12-3-1
10. Summit 12-3
Others receiving votes: Ursuline, Kirkwood, Blue Springs, Eureka.
1. Duchesne (7) 10-4
2. St. Pius (Festus) (1) 10-2
3. Saxony Lutheran 10-3
4. Springfield Catholic 11-7
5. St. Pius (KC) 11-0-1
6. Maryville 12-0
7. Trinity 9-2
8. Booneville 10-1
9. Principia 6-4
10. Lutheran KC 10-1-1
Others receiving votes: Lutheran St. Charles, Kennedy, Osage, Southern Boone, Bishop LeBlond, Lincoln College, Prep, Winfield, Sacred Heart, St. Vincent.