CELINA — Both teams seemed on the cusp of breaking through on Saturday night. Instead, the St. Marys and Celina boys soccer teams played to a scoreless tie for the second straight season.
Shots rattled off the crossbar, goalkeepers soared through the air to make vital saves and both St. Marys and Celina — after waiting two extra days to renew their rivalry — ended up waiting all 80 minutes for a goal that never appeared.
“We outshot them, did what we were supposed to, got our chances — we’ve just got to finish,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “Defensively we did a really good job of keeping them in front of us. In the second half they did a better job getting at us and catching some corners, but we were still okay. We had dangerous opportunities and didn’t get any goals. We played hard and that’s what I want.”
“It was a fun one for the kids to play in,” Celina head coach Ryan Jenkins said. “Both teams hit the crossbar a couple times, just no one could break through. But both teams played extremely hard. I’m proud of our guys. This is two years in a row haven’t settled the score, but it was a good game.”
The 0-0 stalemate means St. Marys stays atop the Western Buckeye League with a 4-0-1 record, but its margin for error to win the league championship has been narrowed. Shawnee is a half game behind at 4-1, Wapakoneta is 3-0-2 and Celina is 3-1-1 in WBL play.
“We didn’t get the win, but Celina is still looking up at us in the standings,” Ring said.
The game was postponed on Thursday night because of standing water. Ring said he didn’t think the muddy field had much effect on the action on Saturday. “Everyone was worried about it, but I think it was fine,” Ring said.
St. Marys hosts Defiance on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs are 0-5 in league play and are without a win this season.