Just a few minutes into Tuesday’s season opener between the St. Marys and Delphos St. John’s girls soccer teams, it was clear this was a new season and the two familiar teams were on the opposite ends of the experience continuum.
The Roughriders blanked the Blue Jays 10-0 in a rematch of last fall’s dramatic district final.
The obvious storyline entering the game was a rematch between teams that met in the Division II district title at Elida game last fall that saw Delphos St. John’s stun St. Marys in overtime penalty kicks.
By the conclusion of Tuesday night’s match, just how intact and skilled St. Marys’ roster remains in 2011 overwhelmed everything else.
“St. Marys has a great program,” Delphos St. John’s head coach John Munoz said. “They have a lot of speed, good touch and definitely can finish. If you want to put a team on a plateau to show your team what a good team should look like, it’d be St. Marys.”
Despite the dramatic changes on the Blue Jay roster since last fall, the victory felt good for the Riders as a small measure of revenge, St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.
“We’ve been working towards this game since spring,” Dingledine said. “We remembered them from last fall when they knocked us out of the tournament. I think it was quite a different team then, but we came out prepared because we knew it was Delphos.”
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