ST. MARYS — Matt Dine made sure St. Marys wouldn’t be scoreless this time out. He kept adding on until it was almost a record-setting night.
Dine scored St. Marys’ first four goals in the Roughriders 7-0 win over Defiance on Tuesday.
Dine’s four goals were one shy of the school record set by Tyler Hirschfeld, who had five goals in a 2000 game. Those goals were Hirschfeld’s only five goals of his varsity career.
“He’s been up and down all season because of injuries,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “Getting the four goals tonight, he was rotating around and cycling around like he should at his forward position. They weren’t flashy goals or highlight film, but they’re four goals and they’re in the back of the net. That’s awesome.”
St. Marys played to a scoreless tie against rival Celina on Saturday. The offense, which couldn’t finish on its numerous opportunities, was able to put the ball in the back of the net seven times against these winless Bulldogs.
“Our build-up was top notch,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “Our possession was top notch and our ability to hold possession. We weren’t finishing as I’d like to see, but the four goals by Dine were what we wanted to see.”
Dine began the scoring at the 28:27 mark of the first half. He scored his second goal on a assist from Dakota McVety with 13:32 left in the first half. Dine booted in the hat trick goal with 10:19 left on a rebound shot after the ball was deflected out in front of the net. Dine finished up the four-goal day with a shot from outside the 18 with a solid right-footed kick for the 4-0 lead with 3:41 mark of the first half.
Zack Wilker’s left-foot shot found the net with 30:48 left in the second half to put the Roughriders up 5-0.
Patrizio Martinez guided in the sixth goal on a corner kick deflection for the 6-0 lead.
St. Marys’ Joe Poeppelman wrapped up St. Marys’ scoring with a goal at the 7:09 mark.