COPLEY — With a monster league game coming up later in the week, the Medina girls soccer team couldn’t have asked for better preparation than a game against Copley.
After the 4-0 non-league win Monday, the Bees felt great. That held true especially for Haley Anspach, who registered a hat trick.
Next up is a Greater Cleveland Conference contest Wednesday against the No. 3 team in the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association Division I state poll and No. 9 squad in the nation, Strongsville (8-0-3).
“It was a great win,” Anspach said. “Strongsville is going to be good competition, but (the Indians) were a good warmup game for them.”
The victory extended the Bees’ regular-season unbeaten streak to 47 games and sent a message that Medina is ready for all comers in what is arguably the best district in the state.
Copley keeper Mackenzie Quinn and defenders Emily Dente, Jillian Neale, Amanda Pittman and Jill Roth had been light’s out for the Indians, who came into the week with eight shutouts and only three goals against — all to Hudson.
“Winning this game and winning it how we did was important for us,” Medina defender Katie Neate said. “It gave us more confidence going into Strongsville.”
Copley’s scoreless streak lasted only 8:15, when Anspach split the defense and beat Quinn to the right corner. The score was all the Bees needed to jumpstart things.
Maggie Stafford scored on Tara Roller’s second assist to make it 2-0 in the second half.
After that, Anspach finished her hat-trick performance with goals at 25:28 and 17:49 on assists from Megan Sency and Zoey Skidmore.
“Haley brings so much speed, athleticism and intensity,” Medina coach Doug Coreno said. “She was definitely the player of the match.”
Perhaps overshadowed was yet another fine performance from Lily Menssen, Neate, Claire Miko and Abby McMullen, as they blanked a squad averaging 2.3 goals.
Copley (8-2) didn’t muster a shot on goal, and its only shot attempt came off a direct kick by Brooke Semmelroth with 2:34 left.
“I love our backline,” Coreno said. “I actually got on them at halftime. I thought they were a little bit sloppy in the first half, but it’s just a sign of how much I think of them.
“They are just rock-solid. They’re near perfection. They’re organized and communicate. That was a good performance by them.”
In a district made up of contenders like Copley, Strongsville, reigning champion Brunswick, Archbishop Hoban and Wadsworth, the Bees have beaten the Indians, Blue Devils and Grizzlies this season.
“It’s awesome,” Anspach said. “We can’t wait until Strongsville. Hopefully we can get another win. Those three were great teams to get the win on.”
- Janiece Joyner (concussion) missed her third straight game. She’ll be a game-time decision Wednesday.
- The Medina junior varsity won 2-0. Aly Barman and Madison Luthy scored. Hailie Payne recorded the shutout.
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Medina 4, Copley 0
MEDINA 1 3 — 4
COPLEY 0 0 — 0
M — Haley Anspach (Tarah Roller), 31:45.
M — Maddie Stafford (Tarah), 27:40.
M — Anspach (Megan Sency), 25:28.
M — Anspach (Zoey Skidmore), 17:49.
Shots on goal — Medina 8, Copley 0. Corner kicks — Medina 1, Copley 0. Saves — Tori DeLappi (M) 0, Emma Bulan (M) 0, Mackenzie Quinn (C) 4. Records — Medina (10-0-1), Copley (8-2). Junior varsity — Medina 2, Copley 0.