After taking a tough 2-1 loss to the defending State runner-ups Washington to open the Pacific Tournament, the Rolla soccer team moved into the consolation bracket and took care of business. The Bulldogs cruised to an 11-1 victory over Warrenton to make a statement in the tournament.
Evan Moore kicked off the scoring in the seventh minute with a goal assisted by Carson Arnold. The Bulldogs then scored on penalty kicks in both the 11th and 21st minutes with Jarret Gabriele scoring the first and Arnold knocking in the second. Adeeb Messri then scored back to back goals in the 22nd and 26th minutes off assists from Mohammad Alamaldiem and Rhys Proffitt. A Warrenton penalty kick in the 33rd minute would be their only goal.
The Bulldogs weren't done in the first half though after the Warrenton goal. Evan Moore finished his hat trick with back to back goals in the 33rd and 34th minutes with assists from Arnold and Gabriele. Gabe Stanislawksi then jumped on the scoring wagon with a penalty kick in the 35th minute. Gabriele rounded out the half with another goal in the 38th minute off an assist from Noah Hatfield and Rolla went into the half with a commanding 9-1 lead.
Rolla picked up right where they left off in the second half, scoring in the 46th minute on a goal by Erique Cezar with an assist from Joel Schott. The two then flipped the script a minute later with Cezar assisting Schott on the games' final goal. With a 10 goal lead, the game was stopped by the mercy rule and the Bulldogs took home an 11-1 victory.
“It was nice after losing to Washington in a tight game to let everyone get plenty of playing time. We used our third starting line up in three games. I think we are starting to find some options," said head coach Mike Howard. "That’s the nice thing about losing, it points out what changes need to be made. You don’t always see those things when you are winning.”
The Bulldogs had Thursday off and will play in the consolation championship on Friday. Their opponent had not been determined by press time.