WAPAKONETA — The top four teams in the Western Buckeye League boys soccer race all had a chance to take a big step towards a league title with a win on Monday night when St. Marys played at Wapakoneta and Celina faced off with Shawnee.
Instead a pair of ties has St. Marys still in control of its own destiny.
St. Marys and Wapakoneta played to a 0-0 tie at Ryan Field on Monday night, leaving St. Marys in the driver’s seat for its first-ever outright championship.
St. Marys at 5-0-2 in league league play still controls its own destiny in the race after Celina and Shawnee tied 1-1 on Monday night. Shawnee is 5-1-1 in the WBL. Wapakoneta slipped to 4-0-3. Celina is 4-1-2.
“We don’t need any help,” St. Marys head coach Dave Ring said. “If we beat O-G and we beat Van Wert, it’s ours.”
Roughrider goalkeeper Stuart Yahl shut out the Redskins as St. Marys blanked their fifth straight opponent. The Riders have now shut out eight teams in 2013 and given up just seven goals all season.
St. Marys travels to Ottawa-Glandorf on Thursday for a 5 p.m. Western Buckeye League match.
NEW KNOXVILLE 2, SPENCERVILLE 1
NEW KNOXVILLE — The New Knoxville Rangers used pressure offense and a steady barrage of shots to defeat the Spencerville Bearcats 2-1 Monday at New Knoxville.
Right from the beginning New Knoxville controlled the action keeping the ball in the Bearcat end of the field but couldn’t get that one shot to get past the goalkeeper until about midway through the first half when Ryan Lageman headed a ball off a corner kick by Caleb Yeatts and got the ball in the back of the net past Bearcat goalkeeper Byron Gray with 24:50 left in the first half.
Keeping the pressure on Lageman got his second goal when he put a shot past Gray with 9:40 left to extend the lead to 2-0.
ST. MARYS 3, ADA 2
ADA — The St. Marys girls tennis team closed its regular season with a 3-2 win over the Ada Bulldogs on Monday.
“We’ve had a lot of close ones and it’s nice to get one,” St. Marys head coach Brice Brenneman said. “We played really well at three positions on a night we were short-handed again with a girl with an injury. These girls have hung in there with a lot of adversity this year and it was nice to see them get a win here to close out the regular season.”
St. Marys’ Abby Wilker won second singles over Alex Dane 6-2, 6-3. St. Marys’ Hanna Felver beat Ada’s Meredith Marshall 6-0, 6-0 at third singles. St. Marys’ Jenna Perry and Bailey Rust captured first singles against Ada’s Olivia Donder and Haley Meier, 6-1, 6-2. Ada’s Mackenzie Wills defeated the Roughriders’ Anna Ernst 6-1, 6-0 at first singles. Ada’s Livy Mills and Meredith Morgan won second doubles over the Riders’ Jennifer Lauth and Shaylin Kiehl, 6-2, 6-1.
MINSTER 3, HOUSTON 0
HOUSTON — The Minster volleyball team swept Houston in three sets 25-16, 25-21, 25-18 on Monday. Bridget McGowan led the Wildcats with seven kills. Lauren Roetgerman added six kills. Hannah Schmitmeyer, Marissa Luthman and Erica Oldiges each had three kills. Minster’s Regan Hahn served up six aces. Cassie Jutte had 20 digs. The Wildcats dip back into Midwest Athletic Conference play on Thursday at home against Delphos St. John’s for a 5:30 p.m. match.
MARION LOCAL 3, FORT LORAMIE 2
MARIA STEIN — Marion Local rallied from a 2-0 deficit and emerged from a five-set battle against Fort Loramie with a 22-25, 22-25, 25-12, 25-19, 18-16 win on Monday.
Gina Kramer had a team-high 23 kills. Brooke Winner had 14 kills and two aces. Emily Mescher had five blocks.