ROCKY RIVER — If defense really does win championships, the Medina girls’ soccer team has as good a chance as anyone.
The Bees rode stellar defense to a 1-0 overtime win over Westlake in a Division I regional semifinal on Thursday.
Medina (13-5-2) was in complete control throughout and dominated the Demons (10-7-1) into overtime.
Senior defender Marisa Scullin played a key role in the offense as well, moving up from her defensive position and assisting on Nicole Bennett’s overtime game-winner.
“We were just working together and passing people off,” Scullin said. “We were trying to keep everything out of the net, and, at the end, we knew one goal or one little mistake back there that it would all be over for us, so we just kept working.”
The Bees kept everything in front of them and played mistake-free defense as Westlake never seriously threatened.
“The one thing we have preached at Medina since the beginning is that defense is a constant,” Bees coach Doug Coreno said. “If you can play good, solid team defense, you are going to be in every game.
Our six kids that play on the backline — led by our captain Marisa Scullin, who does a great job organizing and keeping things composed back there — come to play every night.”
Scullin is often tasked with leadership, but she thinks it’s a team effort when the Bees play as well as they did.
“It’s really not all me,” she said. “It’s just that the girls back there are awesome to work with. I just help put them together.”
Scullin and her fellow defenders allowed only three shots — none on goal — and zero in the overtime session.
“It was just business as usual for our backline,” Coreno said. “We have six kids that we rotate on our back four, and we have a great goalkeeper in Jordan Reynolds, who earned herself another shutout tonight.
It was the third clean sheet of the postseason for Reynolds and the Bees.
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