MEDINA — With two standout goalkeepers for Medina last season, Jake Vogrin had to wait his turn.
When Tyler Glasenapp and Alex Stan graduated after a Division I state final run, Vogrin stepped in and hasn’t missed a beat.
On Tuesday, the junior put Medina in the driver’s seat early in the second half of what turned into a 5-0 rout of two-time defending Greater Cleveland Conference champion Brunswick.
While the score looks lopsided, Vogrin’s save on a penalty kick turned the game on its ear and gave the Bees (5-0-1, 2-0) a big win over the Blue Devils (4-1, 1-1).
“That was huge,” Medina coach Simon Spelling said. “Jake has been patient for two years. We’ve had a lot of good goalkeepers here, but he really stepped up and made the position his own. He did the same thing against Brecksville (on Aug. 25) to keep us in a game 1-1. That was a huge momentum change.”
The Bees, who are fourth in the Division I state coaches poll, were already cruising at that point thanks to an own goal in the first half and a doozy of a tally by Tommy Guta.
That said, the stop on the PK marked the beginning of the end.
Cole Parete stood over the ball and shot a laser with 36:03 remaining that was headed for the left post. Vogrin jumped as far as he could and got a paw on it as the ball caromed back to Parete.
After a scrum, the ball was cleared.
“He ran up and was completely showing right,” Vogrin said. “I knew he was playing mind games with me and I knew he was going to go to his left and my right. It’s the same thing that happened earlier this season, so I was ready for it.
“It completely changed the game. It went from five minutes in with them having the opportunity to cut it to 2-1 to us up 4-0 10 minutes in. It completely changed everyone’s attitude on the field.”
The save lifted Parker Csiszar to another level, as four minutes later he sent a knuckleball from 40 yards out that gobbled up Gavyn Ernst. Ernst got his hand on it, but it trickled out to Ian Gummo, who fed a hard-charging Csiszar for the third goal.
Csiszar scored on a free kick two minutes later and that one big save by Vogrin turned a close contest into a one-sided affair.
“It was a game-changer,” Csiszar said. “It pumped everyone up. We’re really confident in ‘Vogs.’ That save was amazing. It’s the second time he’s done it this season. He did it freshman year against Copley and he’ll probably do it again.”
Cole Werthmuller dropped the final goal on the Blue Devils, who came in ranked 10th in Ohio.
“They’re the best team in the state,” Brunswick coach Ben Dotson said.
The Medina junior varsity won 3-0 behind two goals by Eric Hacker and one from Carter Gosolek.
Medina 5, Brunswick 0
BRUNSWICK 0 0 — 0
MEDINA 2 3 — 0
M — Own goal, 32:27.
M — Tommy Guta, 12:54.
M — Parker Csiszar (Ian Gummo), 31:59.
M — Csiszar, 30:02.
M — Cole Werthmuller (Csiszar), 15:17.
Shots on goal — Brunswick 5, Medina 9. Corner kicks — Brunswick 7, Medina 4. Saves — Gavyn Ernst (B) 5, Jake Vogrin (M) 5, Brendan Delac (M) 0. Records — Brunswick (4-1, 1-1), Medina (5-0-1, 2-0). Junior varsity — Medina 3, Brunswick 0.