|Roughriders’ defense stymies ‘Dawgs|
|Monday, October 28, 2013 12:00 AM|
ELIDA — St. Marys Memorial scored the only goal of the night just 4:39 into the contest and then used its stellar defense to hold off Elida 1-0 in Division II District final action Saturday night at Elida Soccer Complex.
The Roughriders (15-1-3) advance to take on Maumee at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Findlay in a Regional semifinal matchup.
“Their defense was solid all season and it was tonight; they are where they are because of it. We did not get too many chances because of how well they marked us,” Elida coach Tom Thomas noted. “They did a nice job on Simen (Domaas) and on everybody; we didn’t have a lot of room to maneuver. Give credit to them for their work.”
St. Marys coach David Ring explained the game plan.
“Our plan all year was to get one goal and let our defense do the rest. It helped that we got it early,” he continued. “We have 11 straight shutouts and 14 for the season. Detrique (Mines) is our best player and he relishes taking the opponent’s best player, in this case Domaas.”
In an intense, hard-fought defensive matchup between two Western Buckeye League colleagues, the Roughriders had the first shot on-goal and made it pay off at the 35:21 mark of the first half. Zac Nelson made a lead pass into the 18 and Zack Wicker put a chip shot past Elida junior goalkeeper Garrett Brinkman (3 saves vs. 4 shots on-goal) and into the back of the net.
There weren’t too many clean looks the rest of the way as both defenses made things difficult, not allowing open looks or making sure there was plenty of traffic in front of the net to get in the way.
The best chance the Bulldogs had of equalizing matters was at 12:25 when junior Adam Ordel saw his 25-yarder deflected by St. Marys goalkeeper Stuart Yahl (4 saves vs. 4 shots on-goal).
That trend continued in the second half as the Roughrider defense took away scoring chances, especially from Ordel and Domaas, with Detrique Mines having the prime mark on Domaas.
Brinkman had one save in the second half: at 21:05 when he dove to snag a 25-yarder from Nelson.
Yahl garnered three stops: at 27:24, when he denied a 12-yarder from senior Riley Overholt; at 9:10, when he grabbed a 30-yarder by Domaas; and at 2:38, when junior Jerod Houston’s 14-yarder was stopped.
He also made a crucial decision at the 54-second mark when he came off his line and snuffed out a potential try by the Bulldogs to preserve the shutout.
Elida will bid goodbye to seniors Domaas, Overholt, Blake Kleman, Austin Calvelage, AJ Siefker, Brice Coolidge and Logan Frysinger.
“We’ve been awfully young the last three years and our seven seniors have put in a lot of work in the off-season, the preseason and during the season to get us where we’re at,” Thomas added. “What you saw this year was we became a team. The good thing is that we have a lot of good players returning from this team for next year.”
The Bulldogs finish the 2013 campaign at 12-5-2.
This is the first Regional berth for the Roughrider program.
“Our program is 18 years old and we have steadily built it to today. This is the first District title, the first WBL title, a lot of firsts,” Ring added.
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