MEDINA — One school, two Gazette MVPs and now two All-Americans.
The United Soccer Coaches released its All-America teams on Monday and Medina landed Parker Csiszar and Maria Nelson on the illustrious list.
“There have always been All-Americans in the region and Copley had two of them five years ago in Chris Brennan and Skye Harter at the same time,” Medina coach Simon Spelling said.
“I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we were to get an All-American at Medina High School?’ Here we are five years later and we have one. It’s a tremendous credit to the program and to the player and the players who played with Parker. I’m sure he’d be the first to attest to that.”
Csiszar was incredible this season en route to his game-winner that gave Medina its first Division I state championship in a 1-0 overtime thriller against Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller.
His 16 goals and nine assists (41 points) ranked third in Medina County, but his willingness to share the spotlight made him the toughest piece of Medina’s offense to figure out.
In the 20½ games Csiszar played, the midfielder scored or assisted on the game-winner seven times. He also registered at least a point in 16 games.
“It’s such an honor to be on the list with those amazing players,” Csiszar said. “It hasn’t hit me right now. It’ll sink in eventually. All I can say is thank you to Coach Spelling and my teammates, because I know without them none of this would have come true.”
After taking a season off to play club soccer, Nelson exploded back onto the scene in her senior year. Her talent and leadership made her the Division I Player of the Year and catapulted the Bees back into a regional semifinal for the first time since 2015.
“That list is the end all, be all,” Medina coach Doug Coreno said. “When you’re talking awards, you don’t get any bigger than All-American. Maria absolutely deserves that. She was a dominant player all season. It’s quite an honor to be on that list with some amazing players. She definitely deserves to be there.”
Nelson’s 22 goals made her electric, but it’s the school-record 18 assists that made her one of the best players Coreno coached in his 11 years with the school.
With 10 multi-point games in the 20 she played for the Bees this season, Nelson also registered at least a point in 17 of them.
“I had no idea I was on it, and when I found out I was extremely excited,” Nelson said. “It’s just an awesome honor. It probably hasn’t hit me yet, but I know in the long run, I’ll look back and think, ‘Wow, I can’t believe I actually did that.’”
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