HUDSON — Medina’s Brianna Shingary is super. She has a T-shirt to prove it.
Shingary lived up to the billing Tuesday at Hudson Memorial Stadium, netting the game-winning goal late in the first half as the Bees edged state-ranked Hudson 1-0 in a Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division girls soccer game.
Who knew that a simple black T-shirt with fluorescent green writing on it would have that much of an impact?
“My little sister on little sister’s night, her dad owns a company and the shirt says ‘Super Shingary’ and it has my number on it,” the Cleveland State recruit said. “She gave it to me, and I scored the next game (against Mentor) and then I wore it to practice the next day and I scored against Berea-Midpark. Then I scored (tonight), so it’s super.”
While the shirt sends a strong message, her lone shot attempt Tuesday spoke louder than any writing.
Both teams had limited quality chances, but Medina (8-1-2, 3-0) made Hudson (8-2-1, 1-1-1), which is tied for eighth in the Division I state coaches poll, pay on its first shot on goal.
Sophomore midfielder Sydney Leckie crossed the ball into the center of the box. An Explorers defender headed the ball down, leaving Shingary enough time to settle it at her foot and place a soft shot into the far corner of the net.
“I was just looking at goal, to get a shot off at least,” Shingary said. “My one and only shot of the night and I made it count. I thought I had enough on it to put it in the corner.
“It definitely wasn’t easy. That was one of our first games I think we put all our heart into. It was definitely a man-on-man, like if you lost the ball, you were tracking all the way back.”
The Bees defense was able to dig in and make things difficult on Hudson’s three-midfielder attack.
That effort included defender Holly Rhodes shutting down leading scorer Alexandra Wright, who came into the game with 12 goals. After a shot early in the first half that was stopped by a diving Jordan Reynolds (4 saves), the talented senior was held to just a handful of touches in the second half.
“They have a lot of dangerous players,” Medina coach Doug Coreno said. “Our defense stayed composed and did a great job all night.
“I thought Cassie Field did a great job on the backline, matched up against another dangerous forward. Leanne (Prandi) and Holly also had defensive assignments and did a great job and Bri Caccavale is also an anchor back there.”
The win makes the Bees’ showdown with rival Strongsville next Wednesday even more important in terms of the Valley Division championship. The Mustangs, currently undefeated in Valley games, face Solon tomorrow night in league play.
“This game had a playoff atmosphere,” Coreno said. “Both teams knew this was a key game for the conference standings and both teams wanted it.
“Our message at halftime was, ‘Hey, tactically we’re fine. The soccer’s good. We just have to raise our intensity level’ and the girls did. They responded and it was a hard-fought, well-deserved win.”
• The loss was Hudson’s first in seven games this season on the turf at Hudson Memorial Stadium.
• Because the junior varsity referee was late, the varsity contest started a half-hour later than the scheduled kickoff.
• Medina’s junior varsity suffered its first loss of the season with a 2-1 setback to Hudson. Freshman midfielder Ali Martin scored for the Bees.
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