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ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls soccer team’s pivotal week in Western Buckeye League play began with a bit of a non-starter.
The Roughriders and Bath played to a scoreless tie in a rematch of last season’s district final match and a key game in the WBL season.
Photo Gallery: Bath at St. Marys girls soccer
Bath ousted the Roughriders from the tournament last year with a 1-0 win, and appeared to be on the cusp of pulling out the win with a string of good chances at the net in the second half against the Roughriders, but St. Marys keeper Paige Dicus and the St. Marys defense kept the Wildkittens scoreless to earn the tie.
“We definitely had a lot of chances and couldn’t capitalize on them,” Bath head coach Morgan Lashaway said. “We knew this was going to be a tough match and we come out with a tie and they’re both quality teams.”
A four-year player in net, Dicus helped salvage the tie, St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.
“She’s making plays back there that we need,” he said. “We’ve had some minor breakdowns defensively and it’s good to see from her in her senior year. She’s done it before, but she’s really making good decisions this year.”
“We had some opportunities, but nothing as hard as they had,”Dingledine added. “They’re a good team. They’re undefeated coming in. I knew it’d be a battle. It’s been a battle the last couple of years. We’ll have to settle for the tie.”
Bath and St. Marys are both 2-0-1 in WBL play, with Shawnee and Celina both sitting at 3-0. St. Marys plays another top team in the league on Thursday when they travel to rival Celina.
“This is the hardest week we have all season,” Dingledine said. “Two of the top teams in our league back-to-back in one week. Thank goodness this is Monday so we have an extra day to recover and get ready for Celina.”
The Bulldogs, who are 6-2, beat Wapakoneta 10-0 on Monday.