BATH TOWNSHIP — The St. Marys boys soccer team hardly missed an opportunity to stick the ball into the net and further stun a woozy, formerly unbeaten Bath Wildcat team.
St. Marys scored three first-half goals and steamrolled to one of the biggest regular-season wins in the program history by defeating third-ranked Bath 5-0 on Tuesday evening.
Photo Gallery: St. Marys at Bath Boys Soccer (9/11/12)
Even though there's a long way to go in the season, St. Marys head coach Dave Ring couldn't help but look back at the long road building up to night's like Tuesday, when the skills of his team were on full display.
"This is what we've been building towards for the 17 years we've had the program," St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. "Being from St. Marys, it's been a long haul to build up the program. It's been great work from the feeder program and great work from all the kids and the effort they put in."
Bath entered the game with a 7-0 record and was ranked third in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s Division II poll on Monday. A day later, Bath was blindsided by a barrage of Roughrider goals on Bath’s home field.
“I expected a great game, so surprised by the outcome with a five-goal difference? Yes,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “We stuck to our gameplan and finished when we had opportunities. I’m so proud of the boys because that was No. 3 team in the state and to beat them 5-0 on their field is a heck of an effort by my guys.”
Patrizio Martinez Rodriguez scored two goals while Matt Dine, Zac Nelson and Brennan Brown added a goal apiece for the Roughriders, who moved to 5-0-1.
St. Marys bounced back from last Thursday’s 3-3 tie with Elida in a Western Buckeye League match. With the big win on Tuesday, O-G remains the only team without a loss or tie at 3-0 in league play. St. Marys is a half game back at 2-0-1. Bath falls to 2-1 in WBL play. Elida is 1-0-2.
St. Marys switched things up on Bath in preparation of Tuesday’s important WBL match.
“We’d been scouted quite a bit by Bath, so we played a little different formations and a few different players in different spots,” Ring said.
St. Marys had a three-goal cushion at the half, but Ring asked his team to keep pushing forward early in the second half.
“We came out with the same first 10 minutes in the second half. I wanted to keep putting pressure on them, because if I dropped into a shell I was afraid they were going to take advantage of us. I didn’t want that. We stayed firm and got our offensive chances.”
St. Marys dropped back into a more defensive position when the lead went to 5-0, but by then Bath’s shoulders slumped and the outcome was decided.
Ring said other top wins in his 17 years involved with the program included a win over fourth-ranked Ottawa-Glandorf. “But beating the third-ranked team in the state at their place? It’s tough to beat that,” Ring said.