The Rolla girls soccer team hosted Republic on Tuesday, Mar. 19. A late goal from Republic forced overtime, which wasn't quite enough to determine a winner. The two teams eventually went to shootouts, where Republic found the back of the net twice to claim a 2-1 win.
Rolla came out firing on all cylinders Tuesday night, scoring in the second minute of the game. Ellie Rodgers was able to get a pass to Abby Turner, who scored her second goal of the young season. Rolla's offense stayed strong throughout the half, but couldn't quite score. Elsa Wise had a couple of strong shots on goal, including a high shot in the final minutes of the half, but Republic was able to turn them away. Rolla had to settle for a 1-0 lead at the half.
The Lady Bulldogs kept fighting after the half, but couldn't quite break through for a second goal. Republic started to find some of their own opportunities in the half, and eventually fought a shot through a crowded box for a goal with seven minutes left in regulation. The final minutes were scoreless for both teams, so they were headed to overtime.
Neither team got much going in the first overtime, but the second OT period saw the Lady Bulldogs get a few good looks. Rolla had a corner early in the overtime period, but Jaeyln Grommet couldn't quite get a foot on it. Abby then made a strong run a couple minutes later, but couldn't find the goal. The second overtime period ended without a goal, so the two teams were headed into shootouts.
Kate Brand opened the shootouts with a great diving save to her right, but the Lady Bulldogs couldn't follow up with a goal. Republic put Rolla on the back foot, scoring on their next two chances, while Rolla missed both attempts. After a Republic miss on the fourth attempt, Ellie Rodgers gave Rolla a chance with a goal, bringing the tally to 2-1. A Republic miss gave the Lady Bulldogs a chance, but Mercedez Carpenter's shot was saved, giving Republic the 2-1 win.
"We came out and played well, but when we're under 10 minutes to go we have to finish the game," said head coach Mike Howard. "We give Republic a ton of credit. Their kids play hard the entire time, they play physical, they play fast, that number eight never stops. She just gets after it."
"There's definitely no reason to panic," continued coach Howard. "I know we haven't won a game and Thursday doesn't get any easier with Jeff City coming to town. I'm pleased with our effort, but an unfortunate result."
The Lady Bulldogs host Jefferson City for their next game on Thursday.