SHAWNEE TOWNSHIP – Monday’s Western Buckeye League boys soccer matchup between Shawnee and St. Marys was a game of two halves.
St. Marys controlled the first half.
Then, Shawnee came out and took over the final 40 minutes of action.
After getting down 1-0 by the halftime break and mustering just two shots on goal, Shawnee came out the second half, took five shots on goal and limited St. Marys to just two shots.
However, the shot taken by sophomore Sam Tenwalde with 7:22 left in the game, proved to be the game winner for Shawnee, as the Indians slipped past St. Marys for a hard fought 2-1 victory at Shawnee.
The two teams came into Monday’s contest with no losses in the WBL.
Shawnee improves to 7-2-0 overall and 4-0-0 in the WBL. St. Marys slips to 5-2-1 in all contests and 3-1-1 in league play.
With 8:38 left to play, Tenwalde took a penalty kick for the Indians.
Tenwalde pushed the ball to the right side of the goal, but St. Marys’ goalkeeper Correy Nelson (five saves) made a stellar save.
However, moments later, Tenwalde got another opportunity, when the ball bounced his way, and he drove a shot past Nelson for the goal.
“It was a really good save by the keeper. I give full props to him. … It was a tough shot,” Tenwalde said about his penalty kick. “Then I got to the corner, we crossed it in. A lucky bounce came to me. I hit it just the right amount to slide it in. … It was just enough.”
On the night, Tenwalde took three of Shawnee’s seven shots on goal.
Tenwalde was coming back from an injury.
“I had a strained Achilles. It knocked me out for five days. This is my first game back,” Tenwalde said.
To start the contest, St. Marys got off an early shot.
A little more than a minute into the contest, Adam Tobin put a header toward the goal, and Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn made the stop.
Shawnee got its first shot of the game, at the 25:35 mark of the first half. Tenwalde fired a shot from a good 40 yards away. St. Marys goalkeeper Correy Nelson scooped up the long shot for the save.
St. Marys got on the scoreboard first.
At the 10:45 mark of the first half, Tobin received a nice feed from Kyle Steininger, and punched it past Shawnee goalkeeper Landon Hoehn (five saves) for the goal.
The Roughriders led 1-0 at the halftime break.
St. Marys took three shots on goal in the first 40 minutes of action, while Shawnee managed to take just two clean shots on goal.
“That first half, we couldn’t get anything clicking,” Shawnee head coach Ryan Quatman said. “St. Marys did a really nice job of shutting us down. … But the second half looked like Shawnee soccer.”
The Indians came out strong in the second half, keeping control of the ball.
The Roughriders struggled to retake control.
At the 17:32 mark of the second half, Shawnee knotted the game at 1, when Alex McGuire found the back of the net with a shot deep from the right wing.
“Second half, we just came out with a vengeance,” Quatman said. “They (St. Marys) were really strong. They had us on our heels. When we came out the second half, we put our regular formation in and we were able to control the game. They (St. Marys) let us play our game that second half.”
Quatman said it was a good win for his team. However, he said they will not dwell too long on the outcome.
“We say that once we step off the field, it’s over,” Quatman said. “So, we go into practice tomorrow to try to fix things, and see what we can work on as a team.”