Riders Girls Fall In Sectional Opener

St. Marys' Emma White celebrates her goal with her teammates during Tuesday's Division II sectional semifinal match against Ottawa-Glandorf.
Sports Editor

A season with so much promise, ended abruptly on Tuesday night for the St. Marys Roughriders.

Leading at the half and regaining a lead just under four minutes into the second half, the Roughriders lost a  second-half advantage for the fourth time this season, with this time being the last for St. Marys in 3-2 loss to Ottawa-Glandorf in a Division II sectional semifinal.

The Titans will play at Wapakoneta in a sectional final on Saturday.

After Emma White regained the lead for the Roughriders with a goal at the 36:15 mark of the second half, St. Marys mustered just one shot on goal for the next 10 minutes. By the time the 22:47 clip of the second half approached, the Roughriders tallied just one more shot on goal when the Titans’ scored on a crosser to Leanna Zynda, drilling it right past Bailey Fenwick-Miller to tie the game.

The dagger came with 7:04 remaining when Kadie Hempfling header the ball over Josie Bowman in front of the Roughriders’ goal off a corner kick from Alexis Schroeder for the lead.

Tuesday was a continuation of the Roughriders’ struggles in the latter part of the season.

The Roughriders end the season with a 1-4-3 record in their final eight games after beginning the season at 4-2-2 in the first eight.

To read the full story, grab Wednesday's print edition of The Evening Leader.