Rider girls soccer moving on to district final

CELINA — St. Marys’ Kelly Heitkamp bent a 35-yard rainbow from the right wing just over the reach of the goalkeeper’s outstretched arms with 35:42 left in the second half with what proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 Division II district semifinal win at Celina on Wednesday night.

Bath upset Elida on Tuesday night to punch its ticket. Now St. Marys and the Wildkittens will play at 2 p.m. at Elida to earn a trip to the regional. St. Marys is in search of its third regional appearance in four years. The Roughriders are appearing in the district final game for the sixth straight season.

St. Marys earned its first shutout on Celina’s field in program history with the win — an accomplishment the Roughrider players were well aware of after the match.

“It feels great,” Heitkamp said. “It’s the first time we’ve shut out Celina. It feels really good.”

Since picking up the school’s first win on Celina’s pitch in 2008, the Riders are 2-0-1 there.

Celina was 7-1 at home this season coming into the district semifinal match.

“This means a lot,” St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine said. “Because they don’t lose on this field very often. To come in here and shut them out on their own field, it’s huge for us.”