The Rolla soccer team made another trip down 44 to Pacific for their soccer tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 30. The Bulldogs faced off against Eureka for the semifinal and had a grind it out contest. Eureka was able to strike first and strike last, taking down Rolla 2-1 to advance to the Championship.
All of the scoring happened in the first half of this battle of juggernauts and Eureka found the back of the net first with a goal in the third minute. After 20 minutes of scoreless soccer, Jayson Ross scored off an assist by Jarret Gabriele to tie the game at one in the 23rd minute. Eureka scored their second and game-winning goal in the 31st minute.
Rolla tried to make a comeback in the second half, but they didn't have the bodies to keep up with the talented depth of the Eureka bench and couldn't get the game-tying goal across the goal line.
"We played a great game against a very good opponent. I was proud of our effort and the way we competed all night. Our lack of depth against a team that can sub that much and not drop off was a big part of the game," said head soccer coach Mike Howard. "We did some things well but with all teams that are as good as Eureka is, when you make a mistake they take advantage of it and make you pay. This game and our schedule throughout the season only makes us better."
Rolla played Seckman in the third place game on Thursday, Aug. 31, but results were not available at press time. That game was followed by the championship between Eureka and Liberty. The Bulldogs will open their regular season schedule with their Ozark Conference and home opener against Parkview on Tuesday, Sept. 5.