As the match entered the 80th minute, it looked like one goal would be enough.
It turned out it wasn't.
The Rolla Bulldogs scored the tying goal with :21 left in regulation, then tallied the game-winner less than two minutes into overtime Thursday night as they tallied a 2-1 victory against the Jefferson City Jays on Senior Night at the 179 Soccer Park.
"I thought it was one we were going to take," Jefferson City coach Scott Blake said. "But that shows you momentum is everything."
Jefferson City took a 1-0 lead with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the first half when Dee White lined a shot from the top of the box into the back of the net.
"To see him score a special goal like that on Senior Night, that's great," Blake said.
The score came on Jefferson City's first shot on goal Thursday night.
Rolla, which held an 11-3 edge in total shots in the first half, turned up the heat in the the second half.
"I thought who played the best in the midfield was going to win the match," Blake said. "In the second half, they were more motivated coming out of the midfield.
"They sent more secondary players through with more energy than we did. That's been a challenge for us."
It looked like it wasn't going to be Rolla's night when three Bulldog shots went off the crossbar in the second half, including a pair in a :05 span with 15 minutes left.
As the clock wound down under 10 minutes left in regulation, Jefferson City tried to do its best to slow down the game
"If we deal with the last 10 minutes better, put the ball in key places where they have to go get it, that keeps them off of us," Blake said. "But when we turn it over in the middle of the park and we let the get back on us, that's tough.
"Our game management has not been very good."
Kaleb Dobcinski of Rolla got the tying goal in the final minute from just in front of the net.
"They had the momentum in the second half and that obviously carried over into overtime," Blake said.
The Bulldogs got the game-winner with 8:20 left in the first 10-minute overtime period when a shot went off the back of a Rolla player in heavy traffic in front of the net.
"They played with a little more desire than we did we were in trouble," Blake said. "When you look at the second half and OT, they deserved to win the match.
"We have to chart our own course, we have to do the things we can control. But right now, down the stretch in matches, we're not doing that."
It's the second straight year Jefferson City has lost on Senior Night.
"That's not fun," Blake said.
Jefferson City had won eight straight matches against Rolla (6-1), with the Bulldogs last win against the Jays coming Sept. 12, 2012.
It also was a district game for Jefferson City, now 1-2 against potential district opponents this season.
"The further down we go, the more likely we're going to have to slay a giant in the first round," Blake said.
Jefferson City (3-3) is back in action Tuesday at home against School of the Osage.