ELIDA – Three quick goals in the first half helped Shawnee eliminate St. Marys in Division II boys soccer district Monday afternoon at Elida’s Middle School Soccer Complex.
The Indians scored three times in the first 11-plus minutes of the second half to eliminate the Roughriders 4-1.
The Indians (13-2-2) advance to play Kenton at 6 p.m. Thursday.
“St. Marys had us on our heels the first half. They took us out of playing good fundamental soccer,” Shawnee head coach Ryan Quatman said. “I used a basketball phrase at the half; let’s go back to the pick-and-roll. We just needed to play simple soccer and simplify things. Once we did that, like going to two and three touches in the middle and going out wide, we started to connect.”
For St. Marys Memorial head coach Josh Hertenstein, the aerial game cost them.
“We have struggled with the aerial game all season. We were okay the first half but that got away from us the second half,” Hertenstein said. “We had troubles all season defending the aerial balls from our opponents but we were able to play it better the first half than the second. It got away from us the second half, especially after they scored so quickly. When they scored their second goal in the second half, you could see the wind go out of our sails.”
After a 1-1 first half, the Indians needed 18 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Freshman Jake Miller made a short run down the left side and fired a 16-yarder that beat St. Marys goalkeeper Correy Nelson (1 save versus five shots on-goal)
At 30:21, the Tribe made it 3-1. Ethan Swallow received a free kick from the left side from Carter Jensen and scored from 10 yards out.
Shawnee tacked on its final score at 29:59. Jack Fraser fired from the right side and his laser got by the goalkeeper to make it a 4-1 score.
When Shawnee’s Cameron Tenwalde was sent off with a red card at 12:57 of the second half, Shawnee was playing a man down from then on.
The matchup was scoreless until the 22:22 mark of the opening half. On a free kick from 35 yards out by Jensen, Ryan McGuire knocked in a header from 12 yards away for a 1-0 score on behalf of Shawnee.
The Roughriders tied it at 9:36 of the first half. Off a corner kick from the right side, eventually the ball found the feet of Jordan Moore and he scored on a 15-yarder on the left wing by goalkeeper Landon Hoehn (seven saves versus 8 shots on-goal) to equalize the score at 1.
“We obviously played both these teams – Celina and Kenton – during the regular season,” Quatman said. “Kenton was our sole loss in the WBL and we were back and forth with Celina until we won 4-3.”
For Hertenstein, his team finished 12-5-2.
Kenton 4, Celina 0
Kenton scored three second half goals to record a 4-0 shutout of Celina and end the Bulldogs season Monday night.
Celina ends its season at 8-8-2. Kenton advances to play Shawnee Thursday at 6 p.m.