The Rolla soccer team opened their season with a matchup against Windsor in the first round of the Pacific Tournament on Monday, Aug. 28. Rolla's offense came out in full force to bulldoze through the competition on their way to a 5-0 win.
The Bulldogs got things going in the eighth minute when Jayson Ross found the back of the net off a pass from Jarret Gabriele. Ross then scored again 23 minutes later off an assist from Carson Arnold. That jumpstarted the offense, as Arnold scored a goal of his own just six minutes later in the 37th minute off an assist by Benjamin Colench. The Bulldogs took that 3-0 lead into the half.
The second half continued to be dominated by the Bulldogs and Nick Janke was leading the way. The senior captain headed in two balls off of assists by Gabe Stanislawski in the 49th and 72nd minutes to put the final nails in Windsor's coffins.
Drew Blair recorded the shutout in goal as he inches closer to the school record in the category.
“The nerves were very evident the first 10-15 minutes, but once the guys relaxed we played a very good game," said head coach Mike Howard. "It was nice to start the season with a shutout and get goals from multiple people. Eureka will be a very difficult test for us. Should be a lot of fun to see where we are at this early in the season.”
As coach Howard said, Eureka is up next for the Bulldogs on Wednesday, Aug. 30. Eureka trampled Union 10-0 in their first game. The third game of the night was another shutout when Seckman beat Warrenton 5-0. The final first round game between Liberty and Pacific was played on Tuesday night, but the results were not available at press time.