The Rolla girls soccer team (5-5-3, 3-1 OC) made the trip to Camdenton for an Ozark Conference matchup on Thursday, April 18. The Lady Bulldogs suffered their first conference loss of the season in PKs 1-0.
Rolla controlled the pace of the game, but couldn't quite find the back of the net. The first big scoring chance game 14 minutes into the game when Ellie Rodgers launched a shot from 25 yards out. The shot went just over the crossbar to keep the game scoreless. 10 minutes later, Mercedez Carpenter brought the ball into the box and beat the keeper, but a Camdenton defender came into make a last second stop to keep the match locked at nil.
Carpenter also had Rolla's best look in the second half. After working her way through the Camdenton defense, she got a great look on goal, but she couldn't quite get a good foot on the ball. The Lady Lakers were able to keep Rolla off the board yet again. Neither team found the back of the net, which set up overtime between the Ozark Conference rivals.
The Lady Bulldogs and Camdenton needed both overtime periods, but Elsa Wise nearly sent Rolla home with an overtime win. She had a pair of good looks in overtime from the top of the keeper zone. Her second of those attempts came with five minutes left in the second overtime and her shot went right into the top of the post, narrowly missing the game-winner.
Without a goal to speak of, the two teams went into penalty kicks. Camdenton was able to get three shots in, including a goal from their keeper. Carpenter and Kendall Mara connected for Rolla, but the potential tying shot from Maddie Lucas hit the crossbar and sent the Lady Bulldogs home with the loss.
Rolla dominated play for most of the night, outshooting Camdenton 20-5 and taking 10 corners to just one from the Lady Lakers. Eden Potter recorded her third straight shutout through regulation and overtime, Rolla's seventh of the season.
"We're just struggling in the final third of the field," said head coach Mike Howard after the game. "I feel like we do great between the boxes, but we're lacking composure in the box is what it is offensively and nobody is stepping up and giving that to us. It's a little bit frustrating, but we've just gotta keep working at it.
"We're not playing bad," continued the Rolla head coach. "I felt like we had a number of chances. We've been to PKs twice now and we've made three out of 10 and we work on it almost every day. This game was a microcosm of our season. I felt like we played well, we're just struggling to get results at time."
This was also an important matchup for the end of the season, as Camdenton is a District opponent for the Lady Bulldogs. Coach Howard thinks they'll be ready to go for the rematch should they face off in Districts.
"Our schedule will do that for us, our schedule is brutal," said Howard on improving before Districts. "We'll be ready when the time comes around."
The JV had a scoreless tie, as well.
Rolla had no time to rest and sit on the loss, as they followed it up with a matchup against #6 Southern Boone on Friday. Results from that game were not available at press time. Next up for Rolla is a pair of Ozark Conference games to open the week. They'll host West Plains on Monday, before a trip to Lebanon on Tuesday.