COLUMBUS — Brandon Leckie, Tyler Glasenapp, Andy Prostor, Andrew Horton and Ethan Fritz sat on the edge of their seats Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.
All members of last season’s state
runner-up Medina boys soccer team, the quintet hoped the 2018 squad could follow through on a directive.
When Parker Csiszar buried the game-winner with 90 seconds left in the first overtime to give the Bees a 1-0 win over Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller and the Division I state championship, the place erupted.
Glasenapp lost his voice cheering, and Prostor snuck on the field to celebrate with his former teammates. The rush of emotion overwhelmed anyone wearing green and white.
“I love all those boys on that team,” Glasenapp said. “To have them come up to Horton and I after the game and say they did this for us is amazing. I’m incredibly happy for the entire Medina community that is Medina boys soccer and am looking forward to going back to MAPFRE Stadium next November.”
A season ago, it was much different after Beavercreek walked off with a 1-0 double-overtime win.
Returners in 2018, Ian Gummo, Gavin Csiszar, Parker Csiszar, Steve Samuelson, Cole Werthmuller, Blake Febus, Tommy Guta, Grayson Madden, Oliver O’Cull and Mike Kelly were part of that team and remember the feeling of losing.
That lingered for an entire year and was a driving force from Game 1 to Game 23 for the Bees, who tied a school record with 18 wins.
“We’ve been playing for this game ever since we lost last year,” Gummo said. “We’ve always had that mindset that we were going to get back this year. We are going to win the state championship. Like I told Parker (Csiszar) last year, I said, ‘Hey, we have unfinished business.’ Today, we came out and he finished the business for us.”
That unfinished business came with just a loss to Strongsville and ties against Brecksville, Archbishop Hoban, Sylvania Northview and Shaker Heights.
It also came with a Greater Cleveland Conference title, fourth straight district crown, third straight regional championship and a gold trophy to go alongside the ones the girls program earned in 1997 and 2009.
“From the beginning of the season, we were working so hard to get back here,” Guta said. “To enjoy this, I’m so happy for us as a team and a family. It hasn’t set in yet. I’m speechless. It’s crazy.
“We were confident in ourselves in the beginning of the year, because we knew how hard we were working for each other. We were working to get back to that state championship.”
The ride finished with seven consecutive wins and an 11-game unbeaten streak.
The Bees finished with two thrilling overtime games. Gavin Csiszar knocked out St. Ignatius with a rocket to the left corner and finished with his older brother choosing the same side of the net to knock out the Crusaders.
“I’m very happy for the boys,” Medina coach Simon Spelling said. “I’m very happy for our community and our school, and I think they deserve all the credit to come back from a heartbreaking defeat last year and come back here again and win it. It’s a fantastic job for them.”
The accomplishment won’t soon be forgotten in the halls of Medina High.
“I couldn’t be happier for those boys,” Prostor said. “I couldn’t be happier for the city of Medina. It’s something I’m going to remember for the rest of my life.”