ST. MARYS - Shawnee grabbed an early lead over St. Marys team and then held off a determined Roughrider squad to post a 2-1 win in a key Western Buckeye League clash Monday.
The visiting Indians took a 2-0 halftime lead and held on for a 2-1 victory.
“That’s exactly what we had to do; hold on. St. Marys has a lot of good athletes and we had to hang on against a good team,” Shawnee head coach Ryan Quatman said. “Especially when they scored so early in the second half, I didn’t like the formation we were in, so we changed it to more of a defensive look. They tied Wapak 0-0, so we knew they struggled against more defensive-oriented looks.”
The Roughriders had the first shot on-goal just 32 seconds into the match as Adam Tobin fired from the right wing from 15 yards but Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn (3 saves versus 4 shots on-goal) came up with the stop.
“We are trying to build a program here. We’re working on it but it’s a slow process to build,” St. Marys head coach Josh Hertenstein said. “We know we can compete with teams like Shawnee. Our record (2-2-3, 2-1-1 WBL) may not be great but we loaded it up with Division I and state-ranked teams early.”
Shawnee began to take control of the proceedings with a pair of shots from Austin Miller but St. Marys’ keeper Correy Nelson (10 saves versus 12 shots on-goal) got the stops.
Finally, the Indians took the lead at 29:01 of the first half. Carter Jenson, from an extreme angle on the right side, found Miller on the left side from in close for a 1-0 lead.
Carter Jensen had an attempt off a corner kick from 10 yards denied at 27:03.
At 20:05, Shawnee made it 2-0. Zach Chambers, on the right side, found Matteo Fusillo in the middle and he was true from 10 yards.
“This was a workmanlike performance for us. It was not our best game but you have to find ways to win,” Quatman said. “We are unbeaten in the WBL (4-0, 9-1 overall) and we were stretched tonight. Even up 2-0, we never felt comfortable.”
St. Marys came out with renewed energy the second half.
Just 22 seconds in, they made it 2-1. Kyle Steininger connected on a pass from the left side to the middle and Tobin found the mark from 10 yards.
“Our game plan was to play like we did the second half the whole game. We just didn’t execute the first half,” Hertenstein said. “I hope we get another chance in the tournament. These are the types of games where you find out how far you’ve come and they are good measurement games.”
At 26:30, Spencer Trogdlon tried an 8-yard header but Hoehn deflected it over the top.
At 13:50, Steininger fired a 25-yard laser that required a diving Hoehn stop.
At 4:46, Tobin’s try from in front was over the top.