Branson, Mo. (OzarksSportsZone.com) -- Becca Pell scored a goal in each half to help pave the way for Rogersville, as the Lady Wildcats rolled Webb City in the Branson Tournament championship Saturday afternoon, 2-0.
“Becca Pell has been great all year,” said Rogersville head coach Brett Wubbena. “She just has a presence on the field. We’ve moved Becca from forward to the back and she gets more touches now that way. She really controls the field, and I’m proud of her performance today.”
Serving as Rogersville’s top scorer this season, Pell attributes her success to the chemistry she has with her teammates.
“Today gave me such a great feeling,” said Pell. “It’s just so awesome getting to play on the field with such a great group of girls that come together the way we did today.”
Before entering the title game, both Rogersville and Webb City had already played their semifinals matches earlier this morning. The championship was then a product of which team was less exhausted from their previous game.
Rogersville proved to be that team.
“This game was a little slow, both teams were tired and the sun is hot, but we were able to push through and get things done,” said Wubbena.
After 36 scoreless minutes of play, Rogersville got on the board after Pell dribbled through three Lady Cardinal defenders and placed the ball in the bottom left corner of the goal.
The Lady Wildcats would close out the first half with a 1-0 lead..
“We knew Webb City was going to come out strong in the second half, so we had to keep playing our game and put in more effort,” said Pell. “We were all tired, especially our legs. You just have to get in the mindset that this is your last game of the day and to put everything out there.”
Following intermission, Pell answered again midway through the second half, as she rebounded the ball off of the hands of Webb City’s goalie and placed it into the back of the net for her second and final goal of the night.
Webb City threatened multiple times throughout the game, but was unable to muster a goal, as the Lady Cardinals fall to 7-5 on the season.
“I feel pretty good about our win today,” said Wubbena. “Anytime you can win games, it’s a good thing. Every game that we’ve played has been tough, and we’ve done well to stay in it. Despite having a rough start to our season, the girls are starting to understand one another and we’ve won our last three games, so we’re starting to turn things around.”
Rogersville improves to 6-8 on the season, and they will host Greenwood in nonconference action May 1. Webb City will travel next to meet up with COC-Large rival Carthage on April 29.
“Today’s win gave us a huge boost of confidence knowing we can get together and play so well as a team,” said Pell.
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