Third-seeded Lady Bulldogs shut out second-seeded Bolivar in semis, 2-0.
The rematch is set.
The third-seeded Rolla High School girls’ soccer team recorded its 20th victory in a season for the sixth time in program history on Tuesday, blanking second-seeded Bolivar 2-0 in the semifinals of the Missouri Class 2 District 10 Tournament.
Rolla, now 20-4 and ranked No. 4 in the Missouri Class 2 state poll, will challenge top-seeded Jefferson City Helias at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bolivar in the district title game.
Helias, ranked No. 5 in the state poll, blasted Columbia Battle 10-0 in semifinal action Tuesday.
The Helias Lady Crusaders clipped Rolla 1-0 last week in the regular-season finale for both teams. And last season it was Helias which beat Rolla in the district finals on its way to finishing runner-up in the Missouri Class 2 State Tournament.
“We are the clear underdog in this next game,” said RHS head coach Mike Howard, who last had a 20-game winning Lady Bulldog squad in 2005. “Helias has a lot of weapons and experience.”
As for the semifinals, RHS was a bit miffed being seeded below Bolivar despite owning a top-four state ranking.
On Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs proved that was a mistake, riding sophomore keeper Katie Hudson for their 15th shutout of the season.
Also in the game, senior forward Nicole Howard became only the third player in Lady Bulldog history to score 100 career goals (Anne Felts and Autumn McEachern are the others).
RHS controlled the flow of the game throughout but struggled to finish chances.
Freshman Addy Brow scored off a pass from Howard nine minutes into the game and RHS was in control the rest of the way. Howard made it 2-0 with five minutes left when Howard scored on Brow’s assist.
Bolivar ends its season 19-3.
“Defensively we played a solid game,” Mike Howard said. “Bolivar has a freshman who has scored 40 goals or so this season, and Marissa Hill came in and played stride-for-stride with her, really shutting her down.
“Offensively we struggled; I think we were trying too hard to get some separation from them. At the end of the day it wasn’t our best performance, but we move on and get to play again.”