MEDINA — The big stuff is coming in the next week for the Medina girls soccer team, so the result Monday against a very good Westlake squad should be seen as a positive.
Ranked No. 1 in the state by MaherRankings.com, the Bees handed the No. 4 Demons a 1-0 non-league loss.
MaherRankings.com takes into account strength of schedule, margin of victory and record.
Those factors only magnified the win over Westlake (4-1).
“This was big,” Medina coach Doug Coreno said after his team improved to 3-0. “These guys were fourth in the first poll and 4-0. They were game. It’s a senior-led team, so it was good for us to get this win in a battle of top-five teams and face some adversity.”
Westlake was a different animal despite losing to the Bees for the fourth straight year.
Behind first-team all-state defender Peyton Rimko, the Demons played with Medina step for step. While Westlake only had one shot on frame, it had two others go off the crossbar in a match that had a postseason feel.
“As a group, we still have a lot of work to do and we can definitely improve,” Medina forward Janiece Joyner said. “The fact we haven’t reached maximum potential and we still won that game is really big for us. Going forward, we’ll just keep getting stronger as a team and be ready for those harder games.”
Those will start almost immediately, as Medina plays some of the toughest competition in the nation in the next nine days.
It starts Saturday evening when the Bees face McDonough (Md.), ranked 35th in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com, at the Rock N Roll Shootout in Strongsville.
After that, Medina, which is ranked seventh nationally, takes on Upper St. Clair (Pa.) before the game everyone is pointing to on Sept. 6 against Brunswick. The No. 16 Blue Devils were the only team to beat the Bees last year, doing so via shootout in the Medina Division I District final.
“I think tonight made us a lot more confident,” Medina midfielder Chloe Tesny said. “We’re getting closer together, so we’re building our strength together as a team to get to that moment like we did last year.”
The Bees got the win because of two things.
The first was a goal by Tesny, who took a perfect pass from Tarah Roller midway through the first half and buried a shot into the right corner, past a diving Angela Campo.
The second was a stout defense that notched its second shutout behind a fantastic game by Lily Menssen.
The center back singlehandedly stopped five attacks and relied on Katie Neate, Bella Stein, Abby McMullen, Bailey Olin and Tori Lyncha to clean up the rest.
“You just have to talk, talk, talk,” McMullen said. “Talking is the biggest thing. You have to stay organized.”
The Medina junior varsity blanked Westlake 2-0 as Sophia Boston and Julia Suttman scored. Hailie Payne registered the shutout.
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Medina 1, Westlake 0
WESTLAKE 0 0 — 0
MEDINA 1 0 — 1
M — Chloe Tesny (Tarah Roller), 24:09.
Shots on goal — Westlake 1, Medina 7. Corner kicks — Westlake 5, Medina 4. Saves — Angela Campo (W) 6, Tori DeLappi (M) 1. Records — Westlake (4-1), Medina (3-0). Junior varsity — Medina 2, Westlake 0.