Boys soccer: Wapakoneta, St. Marys battle to a tie


WBL opener for both squads

By Mark Altstaetter - sports@limanews.com



St. Marys’ Andrew Ibrahim tries to keep the ball away from Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. See more match photos LimaScores.com

St. Marys’ Andrew Ibrahim tries to keep the ball away from Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. See more match photos LimaScores.com


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Wapakoneta’s Kaleb Place (4) and St. Marys’ Quinn Holtzapple battle for control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.

Wapakoneta’s Kaleb Place (4) and St. Marys’ Quinn Holtzapple battle for control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.


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St. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein uses his head during Thursday night’s home match against Wapakoneta.


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Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider, left, and St. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein try to get control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.


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Wapakoneta’s Collin Lenhart (10) and St. Marys’ Preston Wilson give chase during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.


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St. Marys’ Adam Tobin, left, applies pressure against Wapakoneta’s Dylan Whitehead (5) during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.


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ST. MARYS — St. Marys kept hammering away.

But Wapakoneta goalkeeper, Christian Mowery (10 saves) was there to make the big stops.

When the 80 minutes of regulation play had finally elapsed in Thursday’s boys soccer Western Buckeye League opener, St. Marys out-shot Wapakoneta 13-4.

However, the game ended in a hard-fought 2-2 tie.

Wapakoneta is now 2-0-2, 0-0-1 in the WBL. St. Marys is 0-1-1 overall and 0-0-1 in league play.

“Wapak came to play tonight They hustled. … They brought more than what we expected,” St. Marys head coach Josh Hertenstein said. “We didn’t have a good first half. The second half, we adjusted and did a much better job. If we would have played the game like that the whole way, I think we might of came out on top.”

In the first half, the Roughriders had eight clean shots on goal. However, Wapakoneta managed to slip into the halftime break with a 2-1 advantage.

It was St. Marys that got on the scoreboard first.

A little more than six minutes into the contest, freshman Aiden Jeffries drove one into the back of the net from 20 yards out from the right wing.

However, Wapakoneta responded.

Just 31 seconds after the goal by Jeffries, Collin Lenhart dialed long distance for Wapakoneta, with a shot of his own from about 20 yards out from the left wing, to knot the game at 1 apiece.

Wapakoneta recorded its second and final goal of the night with 4:41 left to play in the first half.

Freshman Kyle Beach got a nice feed from teammate Kaleb Place on a fast-break goal, which give Wapakoneta its only lead of the night.

St. Marys tied the game at 2 with 28:42 left to play. Joey Vanderhorst booted one from nearly 30 yards out to tie the score.

Adam Tobin, Spencer Trogdlon. Ryan Ibrahim, Andrew Ibrahim and AJ Dieringer each had two shots on goal for the Roughriders.

Kyle Beach had two of Wapakoneta’s four shots on goal.

On the night, Wapakoneta had two corner kicks, while the Roughriders took five.

“With it being early in the season and not being able to scrimmage this summer – this is still like ‘scrimmage time’,” Hertenstein said. “When we adjust, the guys aren’t doing it right away. It’s taking them a little longer to make the adjustments.”

St. Marys’ Andrew Ibrahim tries to keep the ball away from Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. See more match photos LimaScores.com
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS6-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Andrew Ibrahim tries to keep the ball away from Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. See more match photos LimaScores.com Don Speck | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Kaleb Place (4) and St. Marys’ Quinn Holtzapple battle for control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS7-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Kaleb Place (4) and St. Marys’ Quinn Holtzapple battle for control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein uses his head during Thursday night’s home match against Wapakoneta.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS8-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein uses his head during Thursday night’s home match against Wapakoneta. Don Speck | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider, left, and St. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein try to get control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS2-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Aiden Schneider, left, and St. Marys’ Austin Hertenstein try to get control of the ball during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
Wapakoneta’s Collin Lenhart (10) and St. Marys’ Preston Wilson give chase during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS4-1.jpgWapakoneta’s Collin Lenhart (10) and St. Marys’ Preston Wilson give chase during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
St. Marys’ Adam Tobin, left, applies pressure against Wapakoneta’s Dylan Whitehead (5) during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2020/09/web1_St.Marys-Boys-Soccer-vs-wapak-DS3-1.jpgSt. Marys’ Adam Tobin, left, applies pressure against Wapakoneta’s Dylan Whitehead (5) during Thursday night’s match at St. Marys. Don Speck | The Lima News
WBL opener for both squads

By Mark Altstaetter

sports@limanews.com

Reach The Lima News sports department at 567-242-0451.

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