Gritty Riders Defeat Elida, Tie For 1st In WBL

St. Marys senior Caleigh Christman battles with Elida's Cienna Kuhn for the ball during Thursday's Western Buckeye League match.
Sports Editor


Struggling to muster any offensive attack in the first half and down two players in the second half, the St. Marys Roughriders fought through pain and adversity, displaying grit to defeat Elida 2-1 in Western Buckeye League action on Thursday night.


The Roughriders (4-2-2, 3-0-1 WBL) came up with one shot on goal in the entire first half, that coming off a throw in by Josie Bowman, hitting off Sydney Cisco and scored by freshman Bailey Rust.


Other than that, the Bulldogs' put constant pressure on the Riders' defense and keeper Bailey Fenwick-Miller, who scurried to save five shots on Elida's 10 attempts in the first half.


Elida took the lead early with 18:51 left in the first on a penalty kick by Jaydon Hollstein for the 1-0 lead.


Rust's rare threat for the Riders in the first half tied the match up at 1-1.


Then the Roughriders faced adversity. 


Roughly 10 minutes into the second half, Alli Schlosser was running down the field against Elida's Kyleigh Gay, when Schlosser collapsed, holding her left knee and screaming in pain. The injury on the field delayed the game for roughly 10 minutes. 


But even with one of their top players down in Schlosser, the Roughriders prevailed. 


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