COLUMBUS — Ian Gummo never broke his gaze Saturday as he watched Beavercreek accept its medals as state champions in Division I boys soccer.
The junior took every last bit of the sting in at MAPFRE Stadium after Medina lost in heartbreaking fashion in a 1-0 double overtime thriller to the Beavers.
Medina saw its golden season end with a goal that stopped time in its tracks.
Facing a team used to playing heartbreaking postseason games, the Bees fell just short.
Senior forward Dominic Calabrese slipped a ball past a diving Andrew Horton on the right side of the box with 13:51 remaining in the second extra session and senior midfielder Ryan Bernt rang true with a pinpoint shot that found the left corner of the net for the golden goal.
It was the second time in as many games that the Beavers (22-0-2) won in a second overtime after Joshua Fleck’s goal five minutes after the break beat Dublin Coffman three days earlier.
The first overtime game for the Bees (16-2-5) came with a ton of fight and a lot of heart, but ended with Beavercreek pushing through just a little more for its first state title in three tries.
“Fitness comes into it a little bit,” Horton said. “But, I mean, I felt we were prepared to play a full 110 minutes if need be. I have no regrets. None whatsoever.”
Medina shouldn’t have any regrets as the Beavers had just a little more left in the tank in the end.
An upperclassmen heavy squad that featured eight seniors among its 11 starters, Beavercreek played one-goal games in its last three contests with two going to extra time.
As much as Medina pushed, and the Bees never did give up, when the one extra pass was needed the Beavers found it.
“They were amazing,” Medina forward Andy Prostor said. “I can’t take anything away from their goal. I can’t take anything away from the way they defended. They have a couple of really solid players back there.
“All of them were big. All of them were physical. When it comes down to it, it’s going to be a goal in the last minute and I can’t say I have any regrets at all.”
While Medina players laid spent on the pitch at the former Columbus Crew Stadium just before the runner-up medals were handed out, the Bees did indeed leave every last bit of what they had out there.
Faster and taller than their counterparts, the Beavers controlled most of the action and really pushed a Medina team with 14 shutouts to the limit.
Despite quality looks by Calabrese and Brent all evening, the backline of Horton, Brandon Leckie, Mike Kelly and Tommy Guta stood tall.
When a chance slipped, Glasenapp (4 saves) was there with the answer.
Medina’s best opportunity came midway through the second half, but Prostor couldn’t connect.
That said, keeper Liam Dipple (6 saves) relied on defenders Daniel Donohue, Vincent Peden and Mark Rzecznik to do his dirty work and they came through every time.
The bite will last a while for Medina, but reaching the state finals can hardly be looked at as a failure as the Bees became the first boys program to reach Columbus.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to see Medina return with Mike Kelly, Gavin Csiszar, Parker Csiszar, Guta, Steve Samuelson, Gummo and Grayson Madden back as starters.
In fact, it’s what the outgoing seniors will count on as they watch the group from afar next season.
“This season was nothing short of magical,” Horton said. “You dream of making it here. To actually be here. It’s special.”
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