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09-23-03: Roughriders post shutout over Kenton


ST. MARYS — The St. Marys girls soccer team was able to improve its record to 5-4 with an impressive 6-0 win over Western Buckeye League rival Kenton.
The win also moves the Roughriders to 2-2 in the WBL, while Kenton falls to 3-7 (0-6 WBL).
St. Marys dominated all facets of the game, as it outshot Kenton 22-4, and took 10 corner kicks to the Wildcats’ two. Kenton was held without a shot in the first half, and finally broke through with its first attempt after St. Marys had built a 4-0 lead.
Haley Fannon opened the scoring in the game in the ninth minute when she scored the first of her two goals. Fannon received the ball with a defender on her back, but she was able to make a quick turn to her right before burying the ball into the back of the net.
St. Marys scored on one of its eight first half corner kicks in the 21st minute. When the Wildcats failed to clear the ball, Jodi Meinerding took advantage by tapping the ball home for a Roughriders 2-0 lead at the half.
It could’ve easily been 3-0 as Dani Johnsman scored on a pass from Fannon two minutes before halftime, but an offside call waved off the goal.
In the second half the Riders came out inspired, as they scored two goals in the first two minutes of play.
A throw-in near midfield led to a break away chance for Fannon. Fannon took the throw-in and dribbled 40 yards before sliding a ball underneath Kenton keeper Brandy Bowman.
Less than a minute later, Jenny Kellermeyer scored from 20 yards out when her shot was over Bowman’s head.
St. Marys coach Scott Fannon said his squad talked about getting out to a quick start in the second half.
“We talked about it, and how we stayed on one side of the field too long, and I talked about a couple of passes and then look to cross and it paid off for us,” Fannon said. “The girls hopefully will see the big picture now, we’ve been stressing it all year and now they’re starting to see it. Hopefully it will carry over, because we have a tough one Thursday against Elida. They are ranked in the state, and they deserve it.”
Bowman recorded 12 saves for the Wildcats, but the St. Marys pressure was relentless.
St. Marys keeper Stephanie Platt recorded two saves on the only two shots she faced.
“In games past, she’s had some wonderful games for us, but I’m glad she didn’t have pressure on her, because it shows we were intense in the midfield and looking to pass the ball on offense,” Fannon said. “Our defense doesn’t get enough credit, there’s games we lost 3-0 or 2-1, but they do a wonderful job back there. They deserve more credit, and I keep telling them that too.”
The St. Marys midfield was equally impressive, as it killed most Kenton offensive attacks.
“We have some great midfielders and they really hustled, that was their goal, they really wanted to put pressure on them and not let them get the ball across (midfield),” Fannon said.
St. Marys is back in action Thursday when it travels to Elida.


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