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Medina lives up to top ranking, dispatches Brunswick

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    Medina's Janiece Joyner passes around Brunswick's Sarah Stupka during the first half.

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    Medina's Abby McMullen goes up for a header over Brunswick's Gigi Ricciardi during the first half.

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MEDINA — The No. 1 rule about being ranked No. 1 is you don’t talk about No. 1.

Well, at least when the coaches are around.

The Brunswick girls soccer team found out just why Medina was ranked atop the initial Division I State Coaches Poll on Wednesday after the Bees whipped up on the ninth-ranked Blue Devils 5-0.

It’s not the first time Medina (6-0-1, 2-0) has appeared at the top of the Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association rankings. Given the way Doug Coreno and assistants Brad Wojnarowsky and Brian Michaelson direct the Bees, it won’t be the last.

“We have to focus on being good and keep the Medina name going,” Bees forward Janiece Joyner said. “There’s a ton of pride. Having the Medina name across your chest is amazing.”

Don’t think for a second it doesn’t matter.

Also ranked seventh in the latest national poll by TopDrawerSoccer.com, it’s the first time Medina has been first in the OSSCA poll since Sept. 14, 2015.

That year the girls finished in the state semifinals. This season, they want to live up to the top billing.

“It’s Medina,” Bees forward Haley Anspach said. “Everything that we give is amazing. Being No. 1 in the state, you have to keep everything up. You have to keep No. 1 in Medina.”

In her first career start in net, Brunswick softball standout Gabbi Campbell found out just how good the Bees were in rapid fire fashion.

Joyner scored 11:43 in on a pass from Anspach and then returned the favor to her counterpart 53 seconds later.

Tarah Roller scored with 14:08 left in the first half and Joyner and Lilly Menssen scored second-half goals to put an exclamation point on things.

“They are No. 1 for sure,” said Campbell, who had five saves. “They have a lot of chemistry on the team and a lot of good players. The two commits that are going D-I (Joyner and Menssen) are very good. (Joyner) was the biggest threat on that team. She’s one of the players I was looking for her. She definitely caught me off guard.”

Keepers Tori DeLappi and Emma Bulan joined Lilly Menssen, Katie Neate, Abby McMullen, Tori Lyncha, Bailey Olin, Claire Miko and Bella Stein to shut out the Blue Devils (4-2-1, 0-1-1).

It marked the fifth shutout of the season for the line, which has only given up two goals.

This one came with a punch, as Brunswick didn’t pull off a shot on goal.

While some of that can be due to Ariella Pitty (illness) being out, it didn’t take away from the dominance.

“Our back line has a lot of pace and a lot of talent,” Coreno said. “They’re always very well organized. When they’re in sync like they were tonight, we’re very tough to create chances against.”

Note

The Medina junior varsity beat Brunswick 2-0. Aly Barman and Jenna Wenzinger scored for the Bees with Aliese Pedro and Sophia Boston adding assists.

Contact Brad Bournival at bournival929@gmail.com.

Medina 5, Brunswick 0

BRUNSWICK 0 0 — 0

MEDINA 3 2 — 5

First

M — Janiece Joyner (Haley Anspach), 29:17.

M — Anspach (Joyner), 26:20.

M — Tarah Roller, 14:08.

Second

M — Joyner, 26:57.

M — Lilly Menssen (penalty kick), 16:40.

Shots on goal — Brunswick 0, Medina 10. Corner kicks — Brunswick 3, Medina 6. Saves — Gabbi Campbell (B) 5, Tori DeLappi (M) 0, Emma Bulan (M) 0. Records — Brunswick (4-2-1, 0-1-1), Medina (6-0-1, 2-0). Junior varsity — Medina 2, Brunswick 0.

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