St. Marys, Shawnee open WBL season with 3-3 tie


SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — The St. Marys and Shawnee girls soccer teams opened the Western Buckeye League in the wildest of fashion , a back-and-forth battle that ended in a 3-3 tie.

St. Marys had a one-goal lead twice in the match when  Kristen Dammeyer and Anabela Godinho scored first half goals, only to watch Shawnee quickly tie the game. The Roughriders then turned the tables by erasing a second-half deficit with a Kami Menchoffer goal that tied the game at 3-3.

“It was one of those emotional games where you’re up, you’re down, you’re tied. Just a rollercoaster,” St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said. “Both teams played well at times. The breakdowns are what got the scores for us and for them.”

Shawnee took a 3-2 lead with Julia Hardy putback goal with 25:27 left in the game.

St. Marys answered with Menchoffer’s line drive to the left side of the net that tied the game up 3-3 with 19:13 left.

“This is the first time we’ve come back this season,” Dingledine said. “We fought hard and came back and so I’m proud of the girls for doing that and now they know what it takes.”

Both teams moved to 1-2-1 on the season with the tie and 0-0-1 in the Western Buckeye League.

“From a fan’s perspective it was probably a fun game to watch, but from a coach’s perspective you like to see the goals in your favor but not the one’s scored against you,” Shawnee head coach Caroline O’Brien said. “St. Marys is always a tough match-up and a top contender. We made some mistakes that cost us a couple goals, but we’ll rally back and it’s a good things we still get a point for a tie in the league. That’s a good thing.”

Both teams had chances to break the tie late. Shawnee put a goal in the net, but play had been whistled dead on a substitution at the 7:23 mark.

St. Marys got a golden chance at the net in the closing seconds, only to have a shot sail wide.

“Both teams are playing a lot of young girls,” Dingledine said. “We’re trying to find our identity. I’m happy to come out of here with at least a tie.”

The Riders struck first with a Dammeyer goal at the 5:41 mark of the first half on a breakaway. She beat the keeper on a one-on-one and casually booted the goal in for the 1-0 Rider lead.

“Dammeyer on the outside, we tried to contain her,” O’Brien said. “She had great footskills, really baiting our kids. I thought we did a better job of containing her in the second half.”

Shawnee responded with a Kaitlynn Gronas goal just 41 seconds later that tied the game 1-1.

The Roughriders took the lead again with just 11 seconds left in the first half when Godinho scored from a deep shot that sailed over the keeper’s head for a 2-1 St. Marys lead.

Shawnee tied things up with 34:15 left in the second half on Lauren Buettner’s goal in traffic following a corner kick.

St. Marys’ Bailey Fenwick-Miller and Hailee Andreoni split time at goalkeeper. Fenwick-Miller made three stops, and Andreoni, had six saves.