Thursday Sports Round-Up

Boys Soccer: St. Marys 3, Elida 1

The St. Marys boys soccer team kept its record unblemished and reversed recent misfortune against Elida with a pair of late goals in a 3-1 win on Thursday night at West Field.

Tyler Kovar put in the go-ahead goal with 14 minutes left and the Riders’ Brennan Brown added another insurance goal less than three minutes later.

Brown continued his season-long assault on the goal by scoring two goals to help improve St. Marys to 5-0, 2-0 in the Western Buckeye League. St. Marys beat Elida for the first time since 2007 — a three-game skid that goes back to head coach Dave Ring’s last tour as head coach.

But despite the recent struggles against the Bulldogs and a 1-1 tie with less than 15 minutes remaining in Thursday’s match, Ring was confident his team would come through with a go-ahead goal.

“Honestly, I knew it wasn’t slipping away,” Ring said. “I knew it was still in us.”

St. Marys jumped out to the early lead when Brown put his first goal into the left side of the net with 27:11 left in the first half.

St. Marys goes to Botkins on Saturday before hitting the grinder. St. Marys hosts Bath on Sept. 13, goes to LCC next Saturday and is at Celina on Sept. 19.

Girls Soccer
St. Marys 6, Coldwater 0

COLDWATER — Ashley Hale and Molly Albert scored two goals apiece in the second half, while Hannah Yaney and Sara Lininger added first half goals in St. Marys’ 6-0 win over Coldwater.

The Roughriders travel to Lincolnview on Saturday at 10 a.m. and then travel to Bath next Monday at 5 p.m. for a key Western Buckeye League match.

With a win earlier this week at Elida, St. Marys head coach Paul Dingledine won his 100th game at St. Marys.

Volleyball: St. Henry 3, Minster 0

MINSTER — The Minster volleyball team stayed with the St. Henry Redskins early, but once the Redskins got on a roll the Wildcats just couldn’t find an answer and were defeated 25-13, 25-13 and 25-20 in a MAC contest played at Minster.

“One of the things that we talk about and have to work on is going out strong,” Minster head coach Cami Lefeld said. “We did that in sets one and two but we started strong and then let one player on the other team dictate the rest of the set. That is one thing we are struggling with. We let one ball or one call that we lose change the atmosphere. What we need to do is go point by point.”

Minster trailed 8-7 midway through the first set, but St. Henry got the serve and Taylor Clune served two points. After an exchange of serves, the Redskins started to pull away with five straight points from Abby Brunswick to increase the lead to 17-8 causing Minster to call timeout.

The Wildcats (4-3, 0-2) entertain Celina on Saturday beginning at noon, while the Redskins (8-1, 2-0) travel to Sidney Lehman on Tuesday.

Elida 3, St. Marys 2
ELIDA — The St. Marys volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit in a WBL match at Elida but lost in the fifth-game in a  19-25, 25-18, 24-26, 26-24, 13-15 loss.
St. Marys fell to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in the Western Buckeye League.
St. Marys travels to Minster next Tuesday night.

Parkway 3, New Knoxville 0
ROCKFORD — Parkway picked up a 25-10, 25-20, 25-15, Midwest Athletic Conference win over the Rangers on Thursday night. New Knoxville’s Haley Horstman had eight digs, 14 assists and a kill. Meg Reineke added four kills and 11 digs. Paige Lehman had four kills, 14 digs and a block.

Fort Recovery 3, New Bremen 2
FORT RECOVERY — The Indians prevailed in a fifth-set and knocked off New Bremen,19-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 15-12,  in a MAC volleyball contest on Thursday at the fort site. Julie Brown led New Bremen with 14 kills. Victoria Wente added 8 kills. Haley Moeller had 41 digs and Karli Jones had 24 assists. The New Bremen JV team lost in two games.

Boys Soccer
Botkins 6, New Knoxville 1

BOTKINS — The Botkins boys soccer team peppered the net in a 6-1 win over New Knoxville. Botkins outshot the Rangers, 17-5.

Boys Golf
Minster 174, Coldwater 194

CELINA — Minster’s Austin Fischer and Josh Spieles fired a pair of 43s to earn co-medalist honors and Minster breezed to a MAC win.
“The conditions had wind and rain for nearly the entire match, but the boys toughed it out tonight,” Minster head coach Dave Borchers said.
Xavier Francis  and Freddie Purdy both shot 44s for Minster. John Burke had a 46.
Ben Koesters led Coldwater with a 46. Minster is at Stillwater to play Russia on Friday night.

— The St. Marys’ boys golf team’s match against Defiance has been postponed until Tuesday, Sept. 20. The match will be played at Northmoor at 5 p.m.
— The St. Marys at Defiance girls tennis match scheduled for Thursday was rained out and will be played on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at Defiance.