Columbia, Mo. — The Rolla U-14 Lady Knights took third and earned bronze medals in the recent Show-Me State Games. Rolla played Fischer’s Force from Hazelwood Friday and Franciscan SC from Florissant Saturday, then defeated the unbeaten Pacific Dynamites 3-1 in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals. The Lady Knights tied Hazelwood in the rematch through regulation, only to lose by a goal in the penalty kick shootout despite a pair of stops by goalkeeper Emily Cates.
Scoring for the Knights were Maddie Mara with three goals, and London Clift, Aysen Malone and Meggy Ross with one. This was the first time Mara had played forward.
Cates, Malone, Kaden Curtis, and Laura Shipley saw time in goal. Curtis was hailed for her work as stopper in the Sunday finale while defender Natalie Craun excelled throughout the tournament.
Other key performers for Rolla were Danielle Stagner, Hannah Wiley, Skyla Risner, Amy Jernigan, Trinity Harris, and Kiersten Porowski. Team members were from Rolla, Edgar Springs, Waynesville, Conway, and St. James.
More information on the Rolla Knights can be found at their website.