WAPAKONETA — The St. Marys boys soccer team ended half a decade of postseason frustration with the help of a quick early strike.
Brennan Brown scored 18 seconds into the match, Zac Nelson added a goal on a direct kick and St. Marys held off Elida in a frantic final four minutes to earn a 2-1 win on Thursday in a Division II sectional final at Wapakoneta.
CELINA — When a team scores a goal in the first 30 seconds, it’s a pretty good sign.
The St. Marys girls soccer team scored its first goal 29 seconds into the match and rode that momentum to a 5-1 victory over the Van Wert Cougars in the Division II sectional soccer tournament at Celina.
The Riders (13-3-1) will now play Celina next Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Celina in a district semifinal match.
Photos: St. Marys vs. Van Wert sectional girls soccer
St. Marys (0-8, 0-7 WBL) at Van Wert (0-8, 0-7 WBL)
One team’s long wait for a first victory will end on Friday when the St. Marys football team treks north to venerable Egress Stadium in Van Wert to face the Cougars.
St. Marys head coach Greg Phillips hopes it’s his team, but the Roughriders’ second-year coach said his team can’t afford to take anyone lightly as his team looks to avoid the school’s first winless season.
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The Roughriders scored their initial touchdown late in the opening period after receiving a punt near midfield. On the third play of the series, Terry Young ripped through an opening in the offensive line and raced for the 50-yard touchdown. Tom Hollman’s PAT run was a success, and the Roughriders were in charge 8-0.
Division II at Lima Senior Defiance 3, St. Marys 2
LIMA — St. Marys’ furious rally to extend its season came up just short in a fifth game.
Defiance won the fourth game and then staved off St. Marys in the deciding fifth to oust the Roughriders from the Division II sectional volleyball tournament on Tuesday at Lima Senior High School with a 21-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-18, 17-15 win.
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With the soccer ball colored pink and the Riders wearing jerseys with pink numbers for the Cure for Cancer match, the St. Marys Roughriders closed the regular season with a 7-0 win over Greenville on Saturday.
“We did what we had to do to win,” St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.