Parker Csiszar doesn’t care how you pronounce his name, as long you add winner to it at the end of the game.
A standout for the Medina boys soccer team, the sophomore midfielder has heard his name butchered throughout his life.
Pronounced Suh-CZAR, he’s heard everything from scissor to shi-za to Caesar.
“I’m used to it,” Csiszar said. “I really don’t care how people say my last name. It just doesn’t bother me. Everybody has always said it wrong.”
If he keeps playing the way he is, Csiszar’s name will be universal by the time he’s a senior, if not sooner.
His three goals and six assists (12 points) rank third on the team behind Andy Prostor (14 goals, 5 assists, 33 points) and Riley Furey (6, 1, 13).
The assists rank first on the team and have come in some of the biggest moments.
Csiszar scored the game-tying goal in a 2-1 win over Brunswick in a Medina Division I District semifinal. He assisted on the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Copley in the district final.
“As the games have gotten bigger, he has gotten bigger,” Bees coach Simon Spelling said. “That’s the sign of a quality player. He is confident around the attacking third and is playing like it now. We’re looking forward to him playing (tonight).”
Csiszar’s team-first attitude has spread throughout the team, as witnessed over the weekend when his corner kick found the foot of Steve Samuelson for the freshman’s first career goal.
It not only helped lift Medina over Copley, it showed just how important a piece he is for the Bees as they get ready to play Elyria District winner Olmsted Falls (18-1) in a Region 2 semifinal tonight at Brunswick High School.
“He makes everyone a tremendous amount better,” Prostor said. “He is an unselfish player. He likes to pass the ball. He likes to move the ball around. Every once in a while, he’ll go and take one on his own. He’s a great player to play with.”
Csiszar’s rise to the top was a baptism by fire of sorts, as he was called on last season when things mattered the most.
After All-Gazette honorable mention pick Brad Fogel went down in a district semifinal against Archbishop Hoban, the freshman was called into action.
Csiszar stepped up seamlessly and helped Medina reach its first state semifinal in school history. He helped the Bees beat the Knights (4-2), Copley (3-0), Olmsted Falls (4-0) and Sylvania Northview (3-1) before losing 3-2 in double overtime to eventual state champion St. Ignatius.
“To be put into a position of power and step into a fantastic lineup as a freshman, it means a lot to the players on the team,” Prostor said. “That was kind of his little breakthrough. It didn’t take a few games at the beginning of this season to get used to that true varsity feel. Those couple games last year definitely helped.”
Those late games were all Csiszar needed to help him in 2017.
The learning curve wasn’t there for the attacking midfielder, who knew exactly what to expect on a team that is making its third straight regional appearance.
“Last year wasn’t overwhelming,” Csiszar said. “It was weird because everybody had more experience than me and had played at that level and I hadn’t yet. I was just excited to play with them.
“I got better. Now, I know what to expect going into the games. Playoffs mean a lot to everybody. All the seniors are leaving and it could be your last game with them, so you want to work harder than you’ll ever work in your life.”
Contact Brad Bournival at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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