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story.lead_photo.caption Izzy Luebbert of Helias winds up to take a shot on goal during Wednesday's game against Rolla at the Crusader Athletic Complex. Photo by Liv Paggiarino / News Tribune.

The Rolla Lady Bulldogs had grabbed the momentum.

The Helias Lady Crusaders scored late in the first half to take the lead into intermission Wednesday night at the Crusader Athletic Complex. But the Lady Bulldogs pulled even with a goal less than three minutes into the second half and had things going their way.

It may have been the best thing for the Lady Crusaders.

"We were a little shocked by it, I think it woke us up," Helias coach Jay Hebenheimer said after the Lady Crusaders defeated the Lady Bulldogs 2-1. "That one surprised us.

"But after that, we started communicating better, we moved the ball a little better."

Izzy Luebbert gave the Lady Crusaders the lead on a goal a little more than two minutes before halftime.

"I felt like we were really clicking in the first half and we maybe should have had a couple more than that," Hebenheimer said.

Faith Coates then tied the contest less than three minutes into the second half on a breakaway for the Lady Bulldogs.

"We talked at halftime how dangerous they were, how they had speed and if they were able to get one going, we were going to get beat by it," Hebenheimer said. "And that's exactly what happened."

The Lady Crusaders did a better job of shutting down the runs of the Lady Bulldogs after that, with credit going to Caroline McCurren.

"She was hustling on her get back, she stopped a couple of the breaks by her hustle," Hebenheimer said.

But there was still the matter of the Lady Crusaders getting a goal to regain the lead.

That came with a little more than 16 minutes remaining when Danielle Buker served a corner kick to the front of the net and Luebbert buried her shot into the back of the net.

"Once the goal got scored by Rolla, Izzy wanted to do a lot more," Hebenheimer said. "She trains hard every day and it shows on the field."

Hebenheimer credited Savy Feltrop for her strong play at midfield throughout the game.

"She did a very good job in the middle of the field, controlling the ball," he said. "Plus she was a vocal leader, that was super impressive."

Rolla is now 2-4.

Helias (4-3) is off until Wednesday, April 14, when it hosts Father Tolton.

"We're still trying to shake off some of the rust from not playing last season," Hebenheimer said. "At times, the movement wasn't great, the talk wasn't great, the touch wasn't great.

"It's a process. Every game we have is just getting us ready for the postseason and as long as we can get better a little bit every day, we should be able to give anyone a run for their money."

There was no junior varsity game Wednesday.

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