SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP — Shawnee proved to be very relentless Tuesday night, peppering St. Marys goalie, sophomore Ella Jacobs with 32 total shots, including 26 on goal in a Western Buckeye League game.
The Indians put in two rebounds for a 2-0 win to move to 5-0 in league play and 8-1 overall.
Shawnee coach Caroline O’Brien was pleased with a lot of what transpired Tuesday, but one thing irked her.
“St. Marys did a great job executing their offside trap, but our wingers get a little anxious. We’ve got some speed, and we want to take advantage of it,” she said. She added that the offside calls were teaching moments for her with her club. Shawnee was whistled for more than a dozen offside calls on the night.
O’Brien was also very pleased with her defense, shutting out a the Roughriders and keeping sophomore midfielder Aerial Fast in check all night.
“My two centerbacks, Lily Cleaves and Taylor Morris did a great job of containing her,” O’Brien added.
Shawnee got on the board late in the first half when Tamya Jmiai fired a shot on goal that Jacobs blocked, but lost control of the rebound and Riley Smith made her pay with 2:21 left on the clock.
The second Shawnee score came midway through the second half when Bri Ridenour got a through ball to freshman Kamryn Morris, who fired a shot that Jacobs blocked, but sophomore Zoe Best was there for a clean-up goal that finished the scoring for the night.
Roughriders head coach Nick Wilson also recognized the work of his sophomore keeper.
“She’s (Jacobs) incredibly athletic and is incredibly well disciplined and 99% of the time makes the right read and the right move,” he said. “Coach O’Brien has a stellar program, and we knew they were clicking on all cylinders. and we had to be on top of our game.”
St. Marys drops to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the league.
Shawnee travels to Bellefontaine on Saturday for a non-league tilt and is at Van West on Monday for a WBL contest. Next Thursday the Indians are home against Ottawa Glandorf, which could determine the league title. O-G is undefeated and is averaging nearly seven goals a match.
St. Marys is at home next Monday for a conference match with Kenton.