The Rolla soccer team (14-2, 5-0 OC) traveled to Lebanon for an Ozark Conference matchup on Monday, Oct. 2. Rolla had an easy time with the Yellowjackets on their way to a 6-0 victory.
Rolla got out to a quick start with their scoring, knocking in a pair of goals in the first 10 minutes. First Mohamed Alamaldiem scored in the seventh minute off an assist by Carson Arnold. Jayson Ross followed that goal up a minute later with a goal of his own off an assist by Gabe Stanislawski. The Bulldogs added two more goals before the half with Rhys Proffitt scoring on a penalty kick in the 15th minute and Nick Janke scoring in the 24th minute.
After leading 4-0 at the half, Rolla put the game away in the second half. Adeeb Messri scored in the 64th minute off an assist from Alamaldiem and Ross added a penalty kick in the 77th minute to seal a 6-0 victory. Ross ended the game with two goals and an assist to lead the Bulldogs.
Drew Blair recorded his eighth shutout of the season and 33rd of his career in the win. The senior captain is now just two shutouts away from tying the school record.
The JV won their matchup with a shutout of their own to move to 3-2-1 on the season. Josiah Homan recorded the shutout in the 4-0 win. Nathan Clingenpeel, Erique Cezar, Joel Schott and Josh Lefatshe each scored a goal in the win, while Carlos Guzman, Benjamin Colench and Schott each had an assist.
Next up for Rolla is arguably their most important regular season game, as they'll host Glendale on Wednesday, Oct. 4 for a rescheduled game from Monday, Sept. 18. Glendale is ranked second in the Class 3 state poll and they are fresh off a 2-0 victory over the number one ranked team, Summit. Rolla is ranked sixth in the class. The matchup will not only effect the state rankings, but will determine who wins the Ozark Conference.
“Wednesday should be a fun game for the fans to come out and watch as we welcome a great Glendale team," said head coach Mike Howard. "They just knocked off the #1 team in our class Saturday so it will be quite the challenge for our young team. It’s nice to start OC play 5-0 but whoever wins tomorrow night will be in the driver’s seat for sure.”