CELINA — A half dozen Roughriders slid head-first for the final 15 yards towards their half-submerged bench to celebrate a shutout win over their rival, making sure any of the last remaining areas on their all-blue jerseys uncaked with mud were covered.
The St. Marys boys soccer team blanked Celina 3-0 on Monday night in field conditions only a laundry detergent manufacturer could love.
After day-long rains soaked the area, St. Marys and Celina renewed its rivalry with a game filled with slowed-down rolls and strategic bogs to play around on the sunken, water-logged field at Celina.
A St. Marys team (7-2, 3-1 in the WBL) of mudders didn’t seem to mind.
St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said the key to his team playing well on the muddy track was being smart.
“Knowing your limitations,” Ring said. “Most teams decide to go long ball in it. Sometimes the field hurt us, but it’s helped us in the long run because with them slipping and sliding it gave us opportunities. I told the team before the game no matter how bad the field was, we were sticking to our possession idea. And it worked.”
Zac Nelson and Austin Slayton scored first-half goals to get the Roughriders out to a 2-0 first half lead.
Nelson cracked the scoreboard with 18:02 left in the first half on a line drive shot to the upper right corner.
Slayton scored with 11:03 left on a sliding shot he got into the right side of the net.
Brennan Brown tacked on an early second-half goal to put the Riders up 3-0 when a defender and Celina keeper collided ten yards from the goal. Brown booted in the open shot.
“The opportunities they had, they capitalized,” Celina head coach Ryan Jenkins said. “They didn’t have many, but they put the ones they did in the back of the net.”
Celina fell to 4-4-1 and 2-2 in the WBL.
The victory is a second straight win after snapping a two-game losing streak last week. St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said his team is being more patient offensively again.
“We’ve gotten back to our passing,” Ring said. “Back to what we were doing at the beginning of the year. I think we were reading our press clippings a little too much and now we’ve gotten back to passing and possessing. With a young team you’re going to have ups and downs. I think we’re a better team for it.”
Volleyball: Fort Loramie 3, New Bremen 2
FORT LORAMIE — The New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team just couldn’t manufacture any momentum in the fifth and final set Monday evening as the Ft. Loramie Redskins came back to register a 21-25, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 and 15-8 victory.
“Maybe it is youth or maybe it is nerves,” Cardinals head coach Theresa Jenkins said. “I think we started to play timid and scared in the fifth set.”
The Redskins got out to a 4-3 lead to start the fifth set and got some momentum with a pair of serves from Reggie Brandewie to increase the lead to 7-3 and cause Jenkins to call timeout.
Following the timeout, Ft. Loramie kept the momentum building an 11-5 lead and causing Jenkins to call her final timeout. New Bremen regained the serve and got a point from Gina Griesdorn, but Ft. Loramie regained the serve and got two points from Danielle Wehrman to reach match point and won the match on a side out.
New Bremen got the momentum to start the match in the first set as they built a 9-6 lead. They kept the lead throughout the set to defeat the Redskins 25-21.
They kept the momentum going in the second set building a 9-3 lead, but Ft. Loramie gained the momentum as they got the serve and five serves from Brandewie to tie the set at 9-all.
With the score tied at 12-all, the Redskins got the serve and two points from Wehrman to grab a 15-12 lead. New Bremen regained the serve and got a pair of points from Amber Paul to tie the score at 15-all.
Ft. Loramie got the momentum back and won the set 25-19 to tie the match at one set apiece.
“We got on the roller coaster again,” Jenkins said. “We have been looking for that mental consistency all year.”
Gina Griesdorn got the Cardinals started off again in the third set as she served the first seven points. Following an exchange of serves, Meagan Brandt stepped up and served four more points to increase the lead to 14-4.
Ft. Loramie started to grab momentum closing the score to 15-11, but New Bremen got two more serves from Griesdorn and eventually won 25-17.
Once again in the fourth set the Cardinals jumped out to an 8-3 lead, but just like the second set the Redskins grabbed the momentum to close to 8-7 behind four serves from Brandewie. As the set went on Ft. Loramie began to pull away to tie the match at two set apiece with a 25-22 victory.
“We had trouble all night with Brandewie at the net,” Jenkins said. “She hit that sharp cross and we were not staying in our spots.”
The Cardinals (4-7, 0-3) get back into the MAC tonight when they entertain Coldwater, while Ft. Loramie (7-3, 4-1) travels to Botkins tonight.
Girls Tennis: Shawnee 4, St. Marys 1
LIMA — The Shawnee Indians won a key Western Buckeye League girls tennis match over the St. Marys Roughriders 4-1 on Monday night.
The match-up of league heavyweights dropped St.Marys to 8-4 on the season and 6-2 in the WBL. Shawnee improved to 12-3 on the season with an 8-1 record in the league.
The Roughriders’ lone win came at second doubles, where Emily Brown and Priscilla Dodson defeated Jordan Ward and Maryann Adewemi in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Shawnee’s Laurent Rovner defeated the Riders’ Mariah Krugh at first singles, 6-1, 6-0.
Nora Shaheen of Shawnee beat Alex Spencer 6-4, 6-4 at second singles.
Isabelle Baird of Shawnee downed the Riders’ Katie Peterson, 6-0, 6-1 at third singles.
Shawnee’s first doubles team of Anitka Kottapolls and Lindsay McKindley defeated the Riders’ Ariel Dodson and Allie Zimmerman, 6-3, 6-2.
St. Marys will be at Lima Central Catholic on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Riders host Bluffton next Monday and then play at the Western Buckeye League tournament starting next Thursday.
Leader Lookahead for Tuesday, Sept. 20
Lima Temple at New Knox., 5:30
St. Marys at Bryan, 5 p.m.
Coldwater at New Bremen, 5:30
Versailles at New Knoxville, 5:30
Minster at Fort Recovery, 5:30
Minster CC Classic