St. Marys boys and girls soccer win sectional titles
WAPAKONETA — No team has scored on the St. Marys boys soccer team since Sept. 14. That run continued on Thursday in the Riders' postseason opener.
St. Marys’ defense turned in its ninth straight shutout and the Roughriders captured a Division II sectional title with a 2-0 win over the Bulldogs at Ryan Field to advance to the district tournament.
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The Roughriders have shut out nine straight opponents . The last team to score a goal against St. Marys is Lima Central Catholic, who tied the Riders 1-1 back on Sept. 14. Since that game, St. Marys has outscored opponents 36-0.
“I don’t know of anyone who has as good of a defense as us in this area,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “They’re constantly working. They have athleticism. They have camaraderie. Our defense is determined that no one is going to score on us. From Luke Lemmerman’s leadership in the back to Detrique Mines to Micah Johns to Nathan Wilker relieving us to Kyle Brown, and a sophomore goalie in Stuart Yahl who was wearing a football helmet last year. I couldn’t be prouder of them and the three seniors back there have been phenomenal.”
St. Marys will play the winner of Bryan and Ottawa-Glandorf at Elida Middle School on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in a district semifinal match.
Nathan Wilker scored the first goal for the Roughriders with 12:01 left in the first half off a corner kick.
In the waning minutes of the first half, newly-christened Western Buckeye League Player of the Year Zack Wilker thumped in a header off a bender from fellow WBL First Teamer Zac Nelson following a foul just outside the 18 for the 2-0 lead with 3:54 left in the first half.
ST. MARYS 4, WAPAKONETA 2
CELINA — The St. Marys Roughriders overcame a 2-0 deficit about as quickly as a team can, as St. Marys finally broke through on the scoreboard midway through the second half and scored four times in less than 9 minutes.
The furious rally gave the Roughriders a 4-2 win Thursday over the Wapakoneta Redskins in a Division II Northwest District girls soccer sectional championship at Celina High School, in a contest between the two rival schools and Western Buckeye League foes.
A goal by St. Marys’ Anabela Godinho at 22:24 remaining in the match all of the sudden gave the Roughriders and their crowd some life.
Fewer than 5 minutes later, St. Marys’ Kami Menchhofer scored the equalizer at 17:53, tying the match at 2-2.
The two sudden goals snowballed the momentum for the Roughriders, as St. Marys’ Kristen Dammeyer notched the go-ahead 2 minutes later at 15:38 and concluded the scoring another 2 minutes later at 13:45.
St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine explained what halftime adjustments the team made facing a 2-0 deficit and how much of a factor those adjustments were in the four goals scored.
“In the first half, we weren’t connecting on our passes,” Dingledine said. “The rain and the field made it kinda difficult for us. Getting a goal down, we were pressing ourselves too hard. We talked about going backside and making diagonal passes.
“We started making better diagonal passes, which I had just talked to the girls about, and it made all of the difference in the world.”
The Roughriders will face the Western Buckeye League runner-up, the Bath Wildcats, at 5 p.m. Tuesday in a district semifinal at Elida Middle School.