July 22, 2014

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Boys soccer: Bees record seventh scoreless tie

Karen Kase | The Gazette

MEDINA — Scoreless ties have become all too familiar this season for the Medina boys soccer team.

The Bees hosted Northeast Ohio Conference Valley Division foe Twinsburg on Tuesday night and came away with another 0-0 result, marking the seventh time this season a scoreless draw has been the outcome.

Frustrating? Indeed. But it wasn’t a surprise considering Medina (6-1-8, 1-1-3) and Tigers came into the night with a combined 12 ties.

“Frustrating is on the list (to describe the game). Obviously, we’ve got to finish one of those early ones,” Bees coach Mark Malikowski said. “Everyone agrees with that, so that’s still the frustrating part. We did a good job creating chances, but we’ve got to put one away.

Medina created chances, especially early, but could not capitalize. The Bees, who have just 14 goals in 15 games, had several opportunities in the opening minutes, but were turned away by a solid effort from Tigers goalkeeper Alex Molinari (7 saves).

Molinari dove to his right to stop a rocket off the foot of senior midfielder Jared Vidika to open the game, then followed with a kick save and two fingertip saves over the next 10 minutes.

Medina goalie Dean McNeil was required to make only two stops against Twinsburg (5-4-6, 1-3-1), but one was a spectacular save in which he went airborne to make a diving grab with 2:42 left in the first half.

Things started to get a little chippy with 15 minutes remaining, when a Brandon Hough goal was called back because of an offside call. The play got a little more physical and the urgency to score was heightened.

At times appearing visibly frustrated, Medina had another big chance with just 1:43 left. Junior defender Noah Hastings nearly headed in a corner kick above the 6-yard line, but Molinari got his hands on the ball at just the right time.

Medina held a 7-2 advantage over Twinsburg in shots on goal (15-6 overall) and Hough was involved in most of the attacks.

“It’s hard because it has been 0-0 a lot,” Hough said. “We are trying to break out of that, trying to score goals. We’ve got to be positive. I think we need to get over (the mental aspect) and be composed.”

“We’ve had a lot of bad ties,” Vidika said. “But going into postseason, this is a positive note. We played hard for 80 minutes, outworked a team. This is something we can build off of. We created chances, but we’ve got to finish our chances.”

Contact Karen Kase at sports@medina-gazette.com.