ASHLAND — The St. Marys boys’ soccer team’s record-setting tournament run ended in the Division II regional championship held Saturday afternoon in Ashland. With two goals in the first half and a goal in the second half the Bay Village Bay Rockets defeated the Riders 3-0.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “If we would have scored those two goals in the beginning especially Lemmermans’ shot off the crossbar would have set the tone.”
The Riders end their season at 16-2-4 with their first outright WBL championship, their first district championship and 15 shutouts including 12 consecutive.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this program,” Ring said. “For this team to come this far in 18 years in a football town like St. Marys it is fantastic and we have to keep growing. Athletics in St. Marys is great. We have great athletes and great families and I couldn’t be prouder.”
“In the end we knew we had enough pressure and we had enough to pull this through,” Bay Village Bay head coach Robert Dougherty said. “We got the two goals and in the second half it was just a matter of finishing the game off, but St. Marys played their tails off. I think they just got a little fatigued in the second half.”
The goal broke a string of 12 straight shutouts dating back to September 10 at home against Elida
“What impressed me most with Bay Village was their patience,” Ring said. “They play a deliberate style that we are not use to seeing and it shocked us a little bit because we were not use to that style of play.”
Bay Village Bay will advance to state competition against Revere Wednesday at at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School on Wednesday at 7 p.m.