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WAPAKONETA — The St. Marys Roughriders rode a second-half backwind en route to a 4-0 victory of the Wapakoneta Redskins.
They were pretty good going into that wind, too.
Molly Albert had two goals on the game for St. Marys. Kelly Heitkamp and Skylar Liming each added one goal to bring the Roughrider total to four.
St. Marys had 12 shots on the target, and the Redskin combination of Sara Foor and Mikayla Halfhill had eight saves.
St. Marys girls soccer coach Paul Dingledine said that he knew the wind was going to play a factor in the contest, and whichever team had it behind them was playing with an advantage.
“The wind played a factor, we were hoping to win the coin flip in the first half, but they took that, we were fighting the wind the whole first half, then it pretty much died down at halftime,” Dingledine said. It became a pretty evenly matched game.”
Wapakoneta varsity girls soccer coach Ross Kantner agreed, and said his team needed to to take advantage in the first half, and not give up two goals.
“We knew that when we got the wind in the first half, we’d have to play a little bout more long-ball and take advantage. We knew in the second half, that they would use the wind in their advantage,” Kantner said.
St. Mary’s scored two first-half goals with the wind in its face.
“They had some opportunities, we had some opportunities, we just took care of the things we needed to do,” Dingledine said.
Thursday, Wapakoneta travels to Van Wert and St. Marys travels to Ottawa-Glandorf.
CELINA 3, SHAWNEE 2: Celina stayed a perfect 6-0 in the WBL with a key win over the Indians, who are 4-2 in the WBL.