The Rolla girls soccer team (15-8) made the trip up to Osage for their final regular season game on Thursday, May 10. The Lady Bulldogs dominated from the opening touch on their way to a 9-0 victory.
This contest was the highest scoring game for Rolla this season and they got started early. Mercedez Carpenter, fresh off of a two-goal night on Wednesday, kicked off the scoring effort with a goal in the fourth minute. She then assisted Elsa Wise's goal eight minutes later. Senior Ryleigh Grommet then got into the action with a goal in the 20th minute off an assist from Ellie Rodgers. Grommet soon returned the favor, assisting Rodgers on a goal to give Rolla a 4-0 lead at the half.
Prior to Thursday, Rolla had only one game where they scored more than four goals in an entire game, nonetheless a half, but they kept charging ahead. Elsa Wise scored her second goal nine minute into the second half, before assisting Carpenter's second goal in the 53rd minute. The Stanislawski sisters then go into the mix when Ariana assisted Eliana in the 66th minute. Carpenter finished off a hat trick two minutes later off an assist from Camryn Falkenhain, before Maddie Lucas put a cherry on top with the ninth goal of the night with six minutes left to play.
Kelly Cates collected her 12th shutout of the season in a dominant Rolla win. The Lady Bulldogs outshot Osage 35-0 and had eight corners, while Osage had none. The final goal count was three from Carpenter, who scored a total of five goals in two days, two from Wise and one each from Grommet, Rodgers, E. Stanislawski and Lucas. Assists came from Wise, who had two, Rodgers, Carpenter, A. Stanislawski, Carlee McCormack, Falkenhaun, Sophie Moreland and Grommet.
The Lady Bulldogs have had quite the run after starting the season 0-3. They've won 15 out of their last 20 games and will enter Districts fresh off their best offensive game of the season. The Lady Bulldogs have been underdogs all season and head coach Mike Howard thinks that will help them when they open Districts against Washington on Monday at Union.
"It was a great way to end the season," said coach Howard on the win. "Everyone got plenty of playing time. Now we move on to the District Semi-Final. There are no expectations on us at all, we are the three seed in a four team District, so we will show up relaxed and ready to play."