When Dara Rosen's 20-yard volley toward an open net in the opening minutes of the second half sailed wide, the Richard Montgomery senior forward let out a shriek. For the second time in the game, Rosen uncharacteristically had failed to put away what seemed a certain goal, and the frustration was evident.

Unfortunately for visiting Whitman, Rosen used the wayward volley as motivation. She corralled a failed clearance by the Vikings minutes later and deftly maneuvered through three defenders before placing a left-footed shot into the lower right corner of the net for her second goal of the game. She would add an assist on midfielder Melissa Kim's goal in the closing minutes to help put the finishing touches on the Rockets' 3-0 triumph yesterday afternoon at Montgomery College.

"I was just ticked off that I missed my other chances," said Rosen, whose first goal came moments after another near miss in the first half. "It was really big for us to beat this team."

For the Rockets (4-2-2 overall, 3-1 Montgomery 4A Central), the win allows them to keep pace in a tight 4A Central race. Wootton and Churchill, both with one loss and both teams that Richard Montgomery already has faced, join them at the head of the division. The Vikings (4-3, 4-2) have lost two straight, falling 1-0 to Wootton last week.

Whitman had an opportunity to jump out in front, but forward Leslie Morrison's long blast in the 13th minute rang off the right post. The Vikings made a strong push late, nearly getting to within a goal when Mia Pilato broke through the right side of the Rockets' defense, but goalie Kate Kugler was quick off her line, smothering the ball before Pilato could get off a shot.

Ultimately, Rosen's first goal proved to be enough for the Rockets, who continuously denied the Vikings the time to get multiple touches on the ball.

"I think we did a good job of denying them space," Richard Montgomery second-year coach Chuck Swim said. "We have a system of play that takes away their options and it helps us get forward [on offense]."

Health will be a concern for Whitman down the stretch. They competed yesterday without defender Meghan Cahill and midfielder Meaghan Doherty who are injured and lost defender Ellie Taylor late in the game to an ankle injury.