MEDINA — Mother Nature couldn’t keep the Medina girls soccer team from playing Wadsworth on Saturday, and the turf at Kenneth Dukes Stadium may never be the same as a result.
The Bees came out on fire and stayed that way in an impressive 6-0 non-league victory over the previously unbeaten Grizzlies.
The game was originally scheduled for Medina Memorial Stadium but moved to Kenneth Dukes due to rain. Medina (6-0-1) showed it knows how to play on the artificial stuff as well.
The Bees blitzed the Grizzlies (3-1-3) for five goals on their first five shots on frame in the first 18:28.
“They’re a good team. That’s all there is to it,” Wadsworth coach Paul Williford said. “They came out and were ready to play. We got down, and it’s hard to come back against a solid team.”
One of the biggest keys to the victory — as well as the Bees’ success to this point — was Maria Nelson.
The Tennessee commit came back to the Medina team this season after focusing on club and has been a spark plug.
Against Wadsworth, Nelson scored the second and third goals and assisted on the fourth and fifth.
“Maria is just a special player,” Bees coach Doug Coreno said. “She’s a player you can plug in anywhere and she’d be an all-state contender literally at any position on the field. She just brings such an electric dynamic to the game. She’s so skillful and so quick and obviously is a great finisher.”
The Bees have scored five goals or more four times this season (Hudson, Copley, Elyria, Wadsworth), and Aly Barman (2 goals), Maddie Elbert (2 assists), Payton Beech (goal), Meghan Heath (goal) and Maddie Stafford (assist) continued what has become quite a trend.
As Medina nears the halfway point of the regular season, it has outscored opponents 30-3.
“Playing with these girls is crazy,” Nelson said. “We have so much speed and so much talent up top. It’s very fun. Our coaches were saying it was the best start they’ve seen in a long time, and it felt like it.”
While the win featured some impressive offense, the defense of Stafford, Katie Neate, Emma Chester and Tori Lyncha, Megan Marty, Aliese Pedro and Elly Heine kept Wadsworth at bay.
When the septet wasn’t stopping the Grizzlies, Tori DeLappi (5 saves) and Belle Wagner (2) were.
The clean slate was the third consecutive and fourth of the season for the Bees.
“Our defense is tenacious,” Coreno said. “We’re hard on them and expect a lot of them because we know they’re capable of shutouts every night if they’re on point. They do a good job staying organized. They work their tails off. They’re great kids back there.”
The Medina junior varsity won 2-0 on goals by Rachel Smith and Julia Suttman. Sarah Clardy was perfect in net.
Medina 6, Wadsworth 0
WADSWORTH 0 0 — 0
MEDINA 5 1 — 6
M — Payton Beech (Maddie Elbert), 38:01.
M — Maria Nelson (Maddie Stafford), 36:06.
M — Nelson (Elbert), 29:12.
M — Aly Barman (Nelson), 25:29.
M — Barman (Nelson), 21:32.
M — Meghan Heath, 7:21.
Shots on goal — Wadsworth 7, Medina 10. Corner kicks — Wadsworth 1, Medina 4. Saves — Jordan Barnhart (W) 4, Emily Rose (W) 0, Tori DeLappi (M) 5, Belle Wagner (M) 2. Records — Wadsworth (3-1-3), Medina (6-0-1). Junior varsity — Medina 2, Wadsworth 0.