LIMA — The St. Marys girls soccer team went on the road twice for key Western Buckeye League matches in the Lima area and twice used the same formula to emerge with wins: get up early and then hold on.
The Roughriders jumped out to a two-goal halftime lead on Bath in the first-half torrential rain and held on as the Wildkittens a late goal and peppered the goal with shots in the final two minutes. St. Marys’ 2-1 win is its fourth straight win.
“We have a tough stretch in our schedule here where we play three of the upper-echelon WBL teams and we’ve knocked off two of them this week. That’s huge,” St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said.
St. Marys improved to 5-2-1 on the season and 3-0-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
The Roughriders’ Skylar Liming scored the game’s first goal on a breakaway. She put a ground kick past the Bath goalie, who came out about 10 yards to try to stop the runout.
St. Marys quickly added another goal after the heavy rain started, with Kristen Dammeyer putting in another goal.
St. Marys’ 2-0 lead held up most of the game before Bath’s late-game surge.
Bath’s Alyssa Manley put in a goal with 4:14 left in the match to halve the lead down to 2-1. Bath got a flurry of kicks in close to the net in the final few minutes, but Roughrider defenders got deflections as the Roughriders emerged with their third win in WBL play. At 3-0-1 in the WBL, the Riders are still in the thick of the league race.
St. Marys has another big WBL match upcoming at home against Celina next Tuesday with a 5 p.m. junior varsity starting time.
NEW KNOXVILLE 3, MINSTER 0
NEW KNOXVILLE — It was a battle in the Midwest Athletic Conference Thursday evening at New Knoxville and with good front line play the Rangers defeated the Minster Wildcats 25-21, 25-15 and 25-19.
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Meg Reineke, Madison Lammers and Rachel Leffel each had seven kills to lead the balanced Ranger attack.Haley Horstman had three aces, six kills, 23 digs and 17 assists for the Rangers. Schroer had 27 digs and an ace. Kenzie Schroer had four kills, an ace and a block. Abby Rohrbch added an ace and 21 digs.
Minster’s Cassie Jutte led the Wildcats with 33 digs.
The Rangers (7-3, 2-1) will travel to Anna on Monday, while Minster (5-7, 0-3) will entertain St. Henry Tuesday.
ST. MARYS 3, ELIDA 1
ELIDA — The St. Marys volleyball team broke through with its first road win of the season, as the Roughriders put away Elida with wins in three straight sets for the 24-26, 25-18, 25-15, 25-17 win. Erika Angstmann led the way for St. Marys with 23 kills. Reagan Aller led 19 kills. Natalie Kuenning had 52 assists. Mallory Kill had 21 digs. Ali Angstmann had four kills. St. Marys has won two of its last three matches and two straight in the WBL. The Roughriders travel to Bath next Thursday for another league match with the JV match starting at 6 p.m.
MARION LOCAL 3, NEW BREMEN 0
Unbeaten Marion Local emerged from a close first set and then swept New Bremen 25-23, 25-17, 25-14 at The Hangar on Thursday. Kaitlyn Ahrns led New Bremen with eight kills The Cardinals Tarynn Clune had 13 digs. Gina Kramer led Marion Local with 10 kills. Clara Wuebker had nine kills. Marion Local improved to 8-0 and 3-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
WAPAKONETA 171, ST. MARYS 171
WAPAKONETA — Wapakoneta handed the St. Marys boys golf team a 171-177 loss at the Wapakoneta Country Club on Thursday. St. Marys’ Carter Bowman shot a 39 to lead the way. Colin Burke added a 42, Kyle Kiefer had a 46 and Hunter McMurray shot a 50 for the Roughriders. Bobby Crow led the Redskins with a 40. Drew Wayman shot a 41, Ryan Hunlock had a 44 and Nick Bruns carded a 46. St. Marys slipped to 4-4 in the WBL. The Roughriders wrap up WBL play next Monday at Ottawa-Glandorf and then go to St. Henry next Tuesday for a make-up match that was moved from Sept. 4. The WBL Championship match will be on Sept. 20 at Shawnee Country Club.
PARKWAY 170, NEW KNOXVILLE 206
Parkway’s Jordan Bollenbacher fired a 38 to lead the Panthers past the New Knoxville golf team 170-206 on Thursday. David Boesche was low-man for the Rangers with a 47. Brandon Steinke added a 50, Shane Topp shot a 53 and Robert Egbert had a 56. Brian Shatzer added a 40 for the Panthers. Austen Stukey and Cole Schoenleben both had 46s. New Knoxville slips to 3-7 on the season and 1-6 in the Midwest Athletic Conference.
FORT RECOVERY 172, NEW BREMEN 173
Fort Recovery edged out the New Bremen boys golf team by a single stroke 172-173 at the Mercer County Elks on Thursday. New Bremen’s Travis Bertelsen was medalist with a 39. Alex Britton fired a 42, Jacob O’Neill had a 45 and Max Travis carded a 47. Fort Recovery’s Elijah Kahlig led the Indians with a 40. Derek Back shot a 41, Chase Bruns had a 44 and Stewy Alig shot a 47. New Bremen’s Markus Sachtler had a 50 and Zach Hegemier added a 51. New Bremen will play at hte Jordan Moeller Memorial on Saturday at the Mercer County Elks.
MINSTER 155, ST. HENRY 190
The Wildcats cruised to a 155-190 MAC win on Thursday.
CELINA 179, NEW BREMEN 202
The Celina girls golf team had four players break 50 as the Bulldogs earned a 179-202 win over New Bremen on Thursday. Johna Walls of Celina was medalist with a 41, Kelly Stahl fired a 42 and Haley McGillvary and Camille Smith both had 48s for Celina. Mackenzie Howell shot a 43 to lead the Cardinals. Rachel Parker added a 51, Heather Bensman shot a 53 and Sydney Holdren had a 55. Amy Schmitmeyer shot a 58 and Sara Lafleur had a 64. New Bremen is 6-6 on the season while Celina improved to 8-2.
WAPAK 5, ST. MARYS 0
Wapakoneta swept the St. Marys girls tennis team 5-0 on Thursday. Caitlin Schneider of Wapakoneta defeated Anna Ernst 6-1, 6-0 at first singles. Allie Zofkie beat Abby Wilker, 6-1, 6-1. Rachel Roberts won third singles over Shaylin Kiehl, 6-0, 6-0. The Wapak first doubles team beat Jennifer Lauth and Bailey Rust, 6-2, 6-0, and the second doubles team knocked off St. Marys’ Jenna Perry and Hanna Felver.