The Ohio Athletic Conference regular season boys soccer title was decided this past week and a number of Medina County athletes had something to say about it.
In a battle of undefeated squads, Heidelberg upended reigning league champion Ohio Northern 3-1 for the university’s first OAC crown in the sport.
Former Gazette MVP and Brunswick standout Cory Buhrman was the hero for the Berg, who capped off the championship on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Wilmington.
For his week, Buhrman was named OAC Player of The Week Monday for the second time this season and third time in his career.
The senior forward scored on a header that hit off the near post in the 21st minute and then followed with a second score eight minutes later for his team-leading 10th goal of the season.
Another former local standout and Gazette MVP, sophomore Chris Matejka out of Cloverleaf brought Northern back within a goal when he scored just before halftime.
But the Polar Bears added another score to ice the win and help a Heidelberg team — which also features former county standouts Cory D’Loughy (Brunswick), Buhrman (Brunswick) and Andrew Bertram (Cloverleaf) — beat ONU for the first time since 2002.
With the victory, the Berg earned the top seed in the OAC Tournament and will open postseason play Thursday against an opponent to be named. Ohio Northern, which is the second seed, also earned a bye and will be in action later this week. On the ONU roster are Dustin Connor (Cloverleaf ), Dan Otanicar (Wadsworth), Logan Zuk (Cloverleaf) and Chris Sumner (Brunswick resident/Padua).
Cody Roberts (Cloverleaf) had a good day Saturday for Cornell.
The sophomore linebacker had six tackles, a sack and forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for the eventual game-winning touchdown in the Big Red’s 21-19 victory over Princeton.
• Thanks to 67 yards on 16 attempts, Lake Erie’s Sean Bedevelsky (Brunswick) — the reigning Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week — became the school’s all-time leading rusher Saturday in a 30-15 win over Ohio Dominican. The junior quarterback, who also went 11-for-21 passing for 125 yards, now has 1,399 on the ground in his three-year career.
• Senior Zack Click (Cloverleaf) had a team-high seven tackles for No. 11 Ohio Northern as the Polar Bears crushed Marietta 45-6.
• Westminster linebacker Jake Brown (Medina) was a busy guy in a 37-13 loss to No.9 Thomas More. The senior led the Titans with 13 tackles — 2½ for loss.
• Senior wide receiver Steve Kuzyk (Cloverleaf) led the Cardinals with four receptions for 46 yards as Otterbein fell to nationally-ranked Mount Union 28-10.
Senior David Jameyson (Highland) netted his second goal of the season and had an assist as Ashland crushed rival Findlay 6-0 to win its third straight Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title.
Goalkeeper Justin Nolan (Highland) combined with teammate Kurt Innes for the shutout in goal.
• Speaking of Nolan, the former Hornet goalie was honored as the GLIAC’s Player of the Week thanks to pair of shutouts over Ohio Dominican and Urbana. Through 16 games, Nolan owns an 1.08 goals against average and is 10-4-2 with five clean sheets.
• Carlin Vandendriessche (Medina) and Jeff Bonezzi (Medina) both scored goals as Baldwin-Wallace defeated Muskingum 4-0. It was the eighth goal of the season for Vandendriessche, while Bonezzi — who also had an assist in the win — scored for the third time this fall.
• Tiffin ended the season with a 4-0 win over Lake Erie College.
Goalie Scott Felgar (Buckeye) combined with teammate Jeff Frisch for the shutout with one save in 19 minutes of play.
Ohio State’s Paige Maxwell (Medina) was limited to just one shot attempt as the No. 18 Buckeyes fell to Indiana 1-0 in Big Ten action. Fellow Medina graduate Becca Candler started at forward for the unranked Hoosiers.
• Senior Rachel Naumann (Highland) played in her final match for Walsh, a 1-0 win over Cedarville. In her career, she played in 71 games, scoring 13 goals and dishing out six assists.
The victory also marked the seventh shutout for keeper Jill Zanney (Brunswick). Earlier in the week, Kirsten Gillespie (Highland) had an assist as the Cavaliers beat Ursuline College.
• A goal and an assist from senior forward Kellyn Flanagan (Medina) paced Kent State to a 7-1 rout of Buffalo. Earlier in the week, Flanagan assisted on the game-deciding goal of a 3-2 overtime win over Ohio. She also had an assist in the win.
• Freshman Cassie Fischer (Wadsworth) scored the game winner in overtime to help Ursuline take down Carlow 2-1. Fischer, who had two goals in the Arrows’ school-record 10th win of the fall, finished the season with a teambest 10 scores.
Sophomore outside hitter Deanna Glass (Medina) had a solid day at the net, but it wasn’t enough as Mount Union dropped its final two contests of the regular season to Otterbein and Case Western Reserve. She had 11 kills in the five-game loss to the Cardinals, followed by a 19-spike performance against the Spartans.
• Alyssa Coundourides (Brunswick resident/Padua) had a team-best 21 assists as Hiram beat Wooster in three games for its ninth straight match.
Fifth-year senior Jessica Lhotsky (Highland) clocked a 22:33.2 to finish 41st and help Kent State to a ninth-place finish at the Mid-American Conference Meet at Western Michigan.
• Former Gazette MVP Donny Roys (Medina) placed 40th overall in a time of 24:45 to lead Ohio State at the Big Ten Championships in Wisconsin.
• Kent Rankin (Medina) was 33rd and Sam Manyard came in 39th as UNC-Asheville finished sixth overall at the Big South Championship Meet. Rankin recorded a time of 27:23, while Maynard finished the 8K race in 27:45.
• Sophomore Tyler Tomazic (Medina resident/St. Vincent-St.
Mary) placed 46th to help Ohio Wesleyan to a third-place finish at the North Coast Athletic Conference Meet. The local finished the course in 28:19.9.
• B’Ws Julie Kotesovec (Buckeye) finished 48th in 24:44 at the OAC Championships. The Yellow Jackets tied host Otterbein for second.
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