SANDUSKY — With fire red hair, it’s hard not spot Ian Gummo on the soccer field, but the Medina junior midfielder is more than a fantastic coif of hair.
Gummo was every bit the reason the Bees beat Sylvania Northview 1-0 in the Division I, Region 2 final on Saturday and has become one of the biggest stars this postseason.
“To make a run, you need people to make a contribution. Everyone needs to make a contribution,” Medina coach Simon Spelling said. “We have players that have stepped up, and he’s done so. He’ll be the first to say he’s done so because of the team.”
The Bees have recognized how important Gummo has been the last three games.
With five goals and three assists this season, Gummo turned up when the calendar turned to the postseason. Everything since has stuck as Medina has outscored the opposition 12-2 in the playoffs.
Gummo put the dagger in Copley when he scored the final goal at North Royalton in a 2-0 Medina District final.
At Cedar Point Stadium on Saturday, he was alert enough to anticipate a rebound opportunity with Andy Prostor barreling down on the left side 4:30 into the second half.
When Ryan Bules couldn’t get all of Prostor’s shot, Gummo was there to hammer home the game-winner.
“I have to imagine it’s the playoffs,” Prostor said. “It’s that mindset that every game could be the last game of the season. He’s got the rest of this year and next year in his senior year. He’s in a good spot.”
So are the Bees, who will play Region 1 winner and three-time state champion St. Ignatius (15-3-2) in a rematch of last season’s state semifinal. Medina fell 3-2 in double-overtime.
Gummo’s success has come in large part because he is well aware of the brevity of each situation.
While he still has another season to play, it’s the last go-around for the seniors.
“I don’t know. I mean, the playoffs get hype,” Gummo said. “I think the single elimination helps. We don’t want to lose, so we have to keep going.”
The Bees don’t need to be reminded of that after losing to St. Ignatius on a penalty kick.
Current senior Tyler Glasenapp was in net last season and even got a hand on Medina resident Stephen Milhoan’s shot.
With Gummo’s determination and contributions, the Bees hope things change this season.
“Whether it’s been assists to Andy or scoring goals in games, (Saturday) if he doesn’t score, the game is 0-0,” center back Andrew Horton said. “Whatever he’s been doing, he just needs to keep doing it.
“It makes us more dangerous, to be honest. We have another goal-scorer on the team. He’s been scoring goals in the playoffs. It really helps the team to know we have a couple guys we can rely on to score goals.”
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