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.”
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