MEDINA — The Medina girls soccer team knew its effort wasn’t good enough in the first half. The determined Bees rallied to erase a halftime deficit Wednesday but still were unsatisfied.
“First half we came out pretty slow,” said senior midfielder Maria Nelson, whose team is 1-0-1. “Me, Katie (Neate) and Maddie (Stafford) as captains, we were just like, ‘We’ve got to be better than that.’ We were leaving goals on the field. We came out better in the second half, but we left a lot on the field.”
Nelson took a pass from junior Haley Anspach 2½ minutes into the second half, touched it past senior goalkeeper Abby Russo and slammed it into the back of the net for Medina’s lone goal.
“Maria is a dynamic player,” Bees coach Doug Coreno said. “She got in several times in the first half. We knew she was due for one, and she made a great run and a great finish,”
Nelson’s goal was the lone blemish for Russo, who made 13 saves, including 10 in the second half, for Magnificat (1-0-1).
“Our defense did a great job keeping it together,” Russo said. “Our game plan was a lot of shifting the ball.”
Nelson got another chance a few minutes later on a penalty kick after being taken down in the box, but her shot to the lower right corner skipped off Russo’s fingertips just enough to miss the goal.
Magnificat junior midfielder Christin Baumbick worked past Bees freshman goalkeeper Belle Wagner but was thwarted by junior defenseman M.B. Blakemore, who knocked the ball wide midway through the second half.
Wagner was inserted in goal after halftime for starting keeper Tori DeLappi, a common strategy for Medina in recent seasons. Wagner saved both shots she faced.
With 12 minutes remaining, Nelson ignited another chance for Medina when she took the ball in close but was rejected by Russo. Anspach gathered the rebound but was again stopped by Russo.
Nelson’s final opportunity came with less than five minutes remaining. She fired one shot at the net and then another after the save, but Russo again was up to the task.
“I’m extremely happy and proud of our defensive lineup, especially (Russo’s) performance, which basically kept us in the game,” Magnificat coach Tibi Regele said. “We did enough to take a valuable point home.”
Medina outshot the Blue Streaks 16-8 but was unable to capitalize on the possession advantage.
“We played awesome in the second half, but the bottom line is we made it a 40-minute game,” Coreno said. “We weren’t ready to play when the game started and wasted the entire first half.
“Magnificat is a very good team, but there’s other games on our schedule where we would have got run off the field in the first half if we show up like we did tonight.”
The teams battled to a scoreless draw until junior midfielder Isabel Comer lobbed a high kick over DeLappi late in the first half.
Medina 1, Magnificat 1
MAGNIFICAT 1 0 — 1
MEDINA 0 1 — 1
Ma — Isabel Comer (Christin Baumbick), 2:50
Me — Maria Nelson (Haley Anspach), 37:27
Shots on goal — Medina 16, Magnificat 8. Corner kicks — Medina 3, Magnificat 1. Saves — Abby Russo (Ma) 13, Tori DeLappi (Me) 3, Belle Wagner (Me) 2. Records — Medina (1-0-1), Magnificat (1-0-1). Junior varsity — Medina 6, Magnificat 0.