The Rolla soccer team (7-5) traveled to Jefferson City to face off against a big rival with a matchup against Helias on Wednesday, Sept. 26. For the second time in three days, the Bulldogs went into multiple overtimes, but lost in the final minutes 2-1.
The first half was scoreless, before Helias broke the tie in the 53rd minute. The Bulldog defense had some miscommunication in the keeper zone, which opened the door for Crusaders to take a 1-0 lead. Evan Moore was able to break through for the Bulldogs with four minutes left in regulation off a serve from Carson Arnold, tying the game at 1-1.
Much like Monday's game at Glendale, the first overtime period was scoreless. The second overtime was nearing it's end when Nick Brandt, an All-State forward for the Crusaders, scored with six minutes left to play to lift Helias to victory.
"We played very well. That is the best Helias team that I have seen in a while. They will be a handful in the postseason and I’m glad we don’t see them. We just have to keep grinding this part of our schedule out," said head coach Mike Howard. "(We) can’t get frustrated, we are getting better every time out. It’s going to be a trying weekend with the travel we have logged against great teams in the past week and then add onto that we have already played an extra half of soccer, then throw in three solid opponents. It’s gonna be a tough test for us."
The JV finished in a scoreless tie, bringing their record on the season to 2-3-1.
The Bulldogs will host their annual Rolla Invitational this weekend on Friday and Saturday. Rolla will open against Republic, a final four team last season, at 3:30 on Friday, before playing Ozark later in the evening at 7:00. They will then face off against Southern Boone at 10 a.m. on Saturday.