ST. MARYS — Wapakoneta and St. Marys is as good of a rivalry, no matter the sport, as there is in the Lima area.
The Tuesday night Western Buckeye League girls’ soccer match took on additional meaning with the visiting Redskins looking to complete an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history.
The Roughriders gave it their all, but Wapakoneta wrapped up that undefeated year by claiming a 1-0 victory over St. Marys.
The Redskins also entered the game as the fifth-ranked team in the state in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association poll.
Following 27 minutes of both teams struggling to get any offense going, Redskins senior Katie Manger banged home a penalty kick from the top of the 18-yard box at the 13:38 mark of the first half to give Wapakoneta the win.
The victory improved the Redskins record-setting record to 16-0 overall and 9-0 in the WBL. St. Marys ended the regular season with a final record of 6-8-1, including 4-5 in the WBL.
“I tried to play my hips to the right and kick the ball to the left; it stayed low enough to get in.” Manger said of her shot. “It is absolutely phenomenal; it feels good to go 16-0.”
Following a somewhat uninspired first half, the Roughriders came out much more aggressive in the second half and played most of the second half in the Redskins half of the field.
The Wapakoneta defense of Torie Carter, Emma Kentner, and Alex Debell repeatedly turned the Roughriders away and kept them scoreless in the contest.
But St. Marys could never get the ball in the net and the Wapakoneta girls could celebrate their undefeated season.
“It is an unbelievable, indescribable feeling.” Wapakoneta coach Mike Foor said. “We played magnificently all year long; we might not have had our best game tonight but that is a credit to St. Marys. We will relax, regroup, and get ready for tournament play.”
Both teams recorded four shots on goal in the game with Wapakoneta goal keeper Corrine Rainey making four saves to post the shutout.
St. Marys goalie Ally Moore had three saves in the match while senior Josie Bowman had a strong all around game for the Roughriders.
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