SANDUSKY — Thoughts of redemption came in whispers throughout the season.
While no one on the Medina boys soccer team spoke of that publicly, not a single player forgot about how 2016 ended.
All anyone wanted was a chance for revenge.
After a 1-0 Division I, Region 2 final win over Sylvania Northview on Saturday, Medina will get its shot Wednesday, when the Bees (15-1-5) play Region 1 winner and three-time defending state champion St. Ignatius (15-3-2) at Nordonia in a rematch of last year’s state semifinal.
“I want Ignatius. I don’t want anybody else,” Medina forward Andy Prostor said. “They beat us in preseason this year, and they’re the reason we lost last year. They’re the reason we’ve been working as hard as we can to get back to where we were. I want them. I want to be able to take on that opponent. Hopefully, we’ll get the result.”
A year ago, a questionable call gave St. Ignatius a penalty kick and 3-2 double-overtime win.
“You kind of take it one game at a time in the playoffs, but now that is the game you look forward to,” center back Andrew Horton said. “We’re just hoping we can, not do a better job, but have a better outcome, especially for the boys last year.”
The Bees were afforded that with a businesslike win over Northview (10-5-5) for the second season in a row. They controlled the midfield and never were really pressured, save for one shot in the second half.
“We work hard in practice,” keeper Tyler Glasenapp said. “We train for all of this stuff. It’s just routine at this stuff.”
Glasenapp (3 saves) and Alex Stan (1) split time to pick up Medina’s third straight shutout. They had help from Brandon Leckie, Tom Guta, Mike Kelly and Horton to secure the Bees’ 12th shutout overall.
The clean slate was not run-of-the-mill, as the backline stuffed Marios Kamilaras (13 goals, 8 assists), Ryan Storey (8, 6), Ruben Gonzalez (7, 9), Andrew Kunkel (6, 3) and Alek West (5, 4) at every chance.
“We’ve been here before,” Leckie said. “It’s just staying composed. We’re staying within ourselves and staying composed. We’re playing well. We’re playing soccer.”
The Bees picked up the only goal 4:30 into the second half.
Ryan Bules kept Northview in the game as long as possible, but two rapid-fire shots proved too much for the junior netminder, as Prostor crashed the left side of the box hard and had a clear shot on frame, sending the ball toward the left post.
Bules got a hand on it, but Ian Gummo notched his second goal in three games with an open-net rebound.
“He would be the first to say he’s made a contribution because of everybody on the team,” Medina coach Simon Spelling said. “That was a lovely shot by Andy with his left foot, but (Gummo) was there and he finished it. All the hard work was done by Andy, but he was there to put it over the end line. Great stuff.”
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Medina 1, Northview 0
Division I, Region 2 Final
SYLVANIA 0 0 — 0
MEDINA 0 1 — 1
M — Ian Gummo, 35:30.
Shots on goal — Northview 4, Medina 7. Corner kick — Northview 1, Medina 6. Saves — Ryan Bules (N) 6, Alex Stan (M) 1, Tyler Glasenapp (M) 3. Records — Northview (10-5-5), Medina (15-1-5).