Medina’s Cole Werthmuller (6) celebrates with Ian Gummo after scoring a second-half goal in a Division I state semifinal victory over St. Ignatius.
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MACEDONIA — The mission began Nov. 10, 2016.
That’s the day after the St. Ignatius boys soccer team knocked out Medina in a Division I state semifinal en route to a third straight title.
On Wednesday, the Bees got redemption with a 2-0 victory at Boliantz Stadium and became the first boys team in Medina County history to reach a final.
No one ever forgot the controversial 3-2 double-overtime loss last season. In fact, it was the rallying cry for the Bees (16-1-5) this season.
It’s why no one from Medina was batting an eye after beating St. Ignatius despite having only one shot on goal.
While the Bees missed a penalty kick, the deciding score came on a defensive mistake by St. Ignatius.
“It’s that feeling that we had that we had to come out and get that revenge,” Medina forward Andy Prostor said. “It was debatable how we went out last year, but to get the result this year, we broke the school record (for wins). It’s history. We’re going to go down in history forever and it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”
Medina will play Beavercreek at MAPFRE Stadium — originally Columbus Crew Stadium — at 7 p.m. Saturday for a state title. It will be the third trip to the finals for the Beavers (21-0-2), but the first since 2008. Beavercreek got there by beating Dublin Coffman 1-0 in double-overtime.
The Bees made it there by exacting a 364-day grudge against St. Ignatius (15-4-3).
“Oh, man, this feels so, so, so good,” Medina midfielder Ian Gummo said. “I mean, the loss in the preseason was awful, 5-1 (to St. Ignatius) and then losing 3-2 last year. Coming out to beat them 2-0 now is just an amazing feeling.”
The game-winner didn’t even come off a Medina foot, as St. Ignatius midfielder Daniel Kalic played an innocent ball back to keeper Ryan Mark. Mark, who was in after starter Peter Van Euwen got hurt, lifted his foot up to stop the pass back. The foot raised too high and the ball went right under his shoe and innocently toward the net. Mark ran after it but couldn’t get to it before it went in.
Cole Werthmuller made it to a two-goal advantage with a shot to the left corner with 4:23 remaining.
“It feels great,” Medina defender Andrew Horton said. “Going to the state final feels fantastic. It’s just a little bit sweeter to beat St. Ignatius. It felt like we could have had it last year. To come back to the Final Four and actually do it this year, it just feels fantastic.”
While the Bees will be in their first championship match, don’t expect them to be in awe.
Medina is planning on going to Columbus and joining the girls program, which has won it all on two occasions, as the only area team to win a state title.
“That’s been the motivation since we stepped on the field in July,” Medina defender Brandon Leckie. “It means everything. We’re the first (boys team) to ever do it and we’re playing for a state championship.”
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Medina 2, St. Ignatius 0
Division I State Semifinal
MEDINA 1 1 — 2
ST. IGNATIUS 0 0 — 2
M — Own goal, 8:37.
M — Cole Werthmuller (Ian Gummo), 4:23.
Shots on goal — Medina 1, St. Ignatius 8. Corner kicks — Medina 2, St. Ignatius 4. Saves — Tyler Glasenapp (M) 8, Peter van Euwen (SI) 0, Ryan Mark (SI) 0. Records — Medina (16-1-5), St. Ignatius (15-4-3).