It's always an adventure when Rolla and Glendale face off on the pitch and it was no different on Monday, Sept. 24 when the Bulldogs (7-4, 2-1 OC) traveled to Springfield to face off against their conference rival and the ninth ranked team in Class 3. Regulation wasn't enough to determine a winner on Monday night, as the two teams played nearly two full overtimes before a late Glendale goal sank the Bulldogs in a 3-2 loss.
The first half was scoreless between the two Ozark Conference rivals, but it didn't take long into the second half for the goals to start pouring in. Gabe Stanislawski got the ball rolling five minutes into the half on a goal assisted by Carson Arnold, but five minutes later Mitch Stephens returned the favor for Glendale, scoring off a long throw in by the Falcons.
Rolla was able to take the lead again in the 69th minute, when Evan Moore scored off an assist from Stanislawski. The Bulldogs just needed to finish the final 11 minutes without a Glendale goal, but the Falcons had other plans. Much like their first goal, Glendale used a long throw in to set up Max Elmer for the game-tying goal with seven minutes to play, setting up overtime with a 2-2 tie.
After a scoreless overtime period, the top two teams in the Ozark Conference seemed destined for PKs, but Glendale was determined to finish the game before the buzzer in the second overtime. With five minutes left to play in the second OT period, Glendale had yet another long throw in set up a goal. Elmer was able to connect on the goal for his second of the night, lifting the Falcons to a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs.
"We played well. It’s always tough to go to Glendale and get a good result but we had the lead twice we just need to find a way to finish that game off with Evan’s late goal," said head coach Mike Howard on the game. "At the end of the day it’s a loss, but we made some changes to the line up and I really liked what I saw. Tough match Wednesday at Helias, this stretch of our schedule is brutal we just have to keep grinding it out."
The JV lost their game 5-0, falling to 2-3 on the season.
The rivalry week continues for the Bulldogs, as they'll hit the road again on Wednesday to face off against Helias.