WADSWORTH — When two of the top three offensive boys soccer teams in Medina County square up, fans can expect a great game.
Add the fact fourth-ranked Wadsworth and 10th-ranked Medina are recognized in the Ohio Scholastic State Soccer Division I state poll and the fireworks get even bigger.
Topping all of that Saturday were two incredible defenses in a 0-0 non-league contest.
The Grizzlies (8-1-2) and Bees (7-1-2) almost mirror each other in results, with each allowing only five goals this season. Wadsworth has seven shutouts after Saturday. Playing one fewer game, Medina has six.
“To shut out a team like that is great, especially with a guy like Andy (Prostor). The kid’s a player,” Grizzlies coach John Johnson said. “He’s got to be up there for county player of the year. He just puts the ball in the net, so to do what we did should give us a nice boost.”
The fact Wadsworth keeper Tyler Randolph and defenders Josiah Sovine, Ryan Larj, Nathan Coard and Nathan Reed shut down county leading scorer Prostor (9 goals, 3 assists, 21) while keeping an eye on the rest of the Bees is a feat in and of itself.
Likewise, Medina keeper Tyler Glasenapp and defenders Andrew Horton, Tom Guta, Brandon Leckie and Madden Grayson had a tall task in minding Ben Arnold (7 goals, 4 assists, 18 points), Kai Wagner (6, 4, 16) and Matt Studenic (5, 1, 11).
“You learn what it takes to play and step up in big games,” Horton said. “We can take this and use it as a learning opportunity. It shows what it takes to win a big playoff game, especially a district championship. It was 0-0. We didn’t quite get the ball we wanted, but we’ll take that, go practice and get better. It shows our team what it takes to win.”
Both teams had an opportunity to score in a high-intensity, back-and-forth contest.
The best chance for each came in the second half.
Medina appeared to have a goal off a corner kick with 32:06 left, but referees ruled Parker Csiszar’s attempt from the right corner went out of bounds before it went into the net.
At 13:43, Wadsworth forward Kai Wagner beat Glasenapp to the right corner, but the ball ricocheted off the post.
“I could definitely see this being the district final this year,” Prostor said. “The teams are so evenly matched. We both have two solid backlines. They swept everything out, and we basically did the same. The game is more in the midfield where whoever can penetrate that defensive line.”
Neither team was quick to discount Brunswick, Copley, Archbishop Hoban and Wooster in a crazy district, but both squads wouldn’t mind facing each other again.
“We know we can hang with the best in the state,” Studenic said. “It’s as simple as that. Coming out here today on a 95-plus degree day with the turf being 100-plus, it was hot, but we all just pushed through it and we did very well.”
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Wadsworth 0, Medina 0
MEDINA 0 0 — 0
WADSWORTH 0 0 — 0
Shots on goal — Wadsworth 5, Medina 3. Corner kicks — Medina 6, Wadsworth 3. Saves — Tyler Glasenapp (M) 5, Tyler Randolph (W) 3. Records — Medina (7-1-2), Wadsworth (8-1-2). Junior varsity — Medina 1, Wadsworth 0.