CLEVELAND — The ball glided perfectly to Beth Lang. The pintsized forward on Medina’s girls soccer team lined it up and sent it on net from 10 yards out.
And it clanged off the post.
Lang’s shot in what eventually became a 0-0 non-league tie against Holy Name on Wednesday is indicative of what has been happening with the Bees as of late.
While Medina (9-0-2) hasn’t lost a game in 31 contests, it hasn’t exactly played like the No. 2 team in the nation.
“The next goal we score — like we did after Strongsville beat us last year — will get us past this point and make us better,” Lang said.
“If you could see me after the shot, I started jumping up (like I scored) and came back down. We need to take it to them more offensively. We’re trying different combos. (The shot) felt good. It just didn’t go the right way.”
The shot was the third of the game for the Bees and came 16 minutes into the second half.
It was a sight for sore eyes for Medina against the Green Wave (7-5-1), which held the Bees without a shot in the first half.
Medina’s offensive collapse has coach Doug Coreno concerned. Counting last week’s scoreless tie with Brecksville, the Bees went three halves — or more than 124 minutes — without taking a shot.
“This one has to be on me,” Coreno said. “We’ve played uninspired soccer for two weeks now. We played better tonight, but we need to get the job done.
“We’ve talked about playing with more heart. We need to be more aggressive. We need to take more one v. one shots or throw the ball in the box (with long balls) and mix it up. Teams let us possess the ball for two thirds and then they come down on us the last third.”
Bees forwards Jillian Graff and Lang pressured the back line, playing inspired ball. But it seemed like every time they had something going Danielle Weigand, Rebecca Newhouse or Jessica Finkler had the answer for Holy Name.
While the defense has been sound — Medina hasn’t given up a goal to a Northeast Ohio team this season— the offense has keeper Taylor Burke a little worried.
“I told them at halftime if they don’t take some shots, I will,” Burke said matter-offactly. “We just can’t put it in the back of the net. We’re not going at people. We need to just take it on one-on-one.”
While the Bees are heading into the postseason playing great defense, their coach expects more.
“It’s possible the media attention is getting to us,” Coreno said. “With success comes expectation. We have to do better in dealing with the pressure.”
Medina’s junior varsity beat the Green Wave 1-0. Jackie Dornbrook scored for the Bees, while Michaella Stucky and Jayleen Minissale combined to record the shutout.
Contact Brad Bournival at sportsmedinagazette.com.