It was a big weekend of soccer for the Carthage Tigers and Rolla Bulldogs. Close to home the #5 state-ranked Tigers came to Springfield and knocked off a top Class 3 program by defeating Glendale 1-0 in penalty kicks on Thursday, followed closely by their Parkview Tournament Championship that concluded with a 2-0 victory over Springfield Catholic. That’s some pretty good soccer and points to the Tigers being one of the top programs in the region, regardless of class.
For the #3 state-ranked Bulldogs, it was a tournament championship in St Louis at the Parkway West Tournament. They opened play on Friday against the host Parkway West, ranked #2 in Class 2 in the first poll of the season, and came away with a 3-1 victory powered by two set piece goals, a towering header from their leading scorer Aaron Froehlich bracketed by a pair of goals from senior Austin Park. His first came on a header he ran onto on the edge of the six yard box from a second chance on a corner kick, his brace completed when he wove through three defenders as he dribbled into the box from the right and buried his shot past the keeper.
PHOTO GALLERY – Rolla at Parkway West
They followed with a pair of wins on Saturday against Parkway North (4-0) and Parkway South (5-2) that culminated in the Tourney title when West got past Francis Howell, ranked 4th in the current St Louis rankings.
The last time the two teams met, Continue reading “Rolla and Carthage Pursue Class 2 Glory”