Jon Huff | The Gazette
MEDINA — It’s not always easy being the higher seed in the tournament because expectations and pressure are increased.
The second-seeded Medina girls soccer team had no issues Tuesday in its Brunswick Division I Sectional final and defeated Wooster 5-0 at Medina Memorial Stadium. The offense got goals when it needed and the defense showed no weaknesses by holding the Generals to one shot.
Medina (11-3-3) advances to face Green or Highland next week.
“These first-round tournament games can be dangerous,” coach Doug Coreno said. “You’re the favorite team and you know you’re the favorite team, and sometimes it’s easy to get ahead of yourself. Wooster’s a good team. They came to battle. I give those Wooster kids a lot of credit.”
The first 10 minutes didn’t see much from either side. The Bees had better play, but lacked the finishing touch.
Brianna Shingary forced a turnover in the Wooster half and played a through-ball for Sydney Leckie, but the pass went too long. Elizabeth Ash then grabbed the ball off a turnover and hit a shot that forced a stretching save from Wooster goalkeeper Mariah Wudarzewski.
The Bees finally got on the board 14 minutes in when Ash took the ball into the box and tried to touch around Wudarzewski. The goalie slid but only got Ash, and Medina’s Amy Bobonik stepped up and hit the penalty kick out of Wudarzewski’s reach to open the scoring.
“Getting that first goal kind of relaxed us a bit,” Coreno said.
Medina doubled its lead 4 minutes later when Haley Knox played a short pass to Shingary, who settled and struck from 25 yards.
“My hips were squared and facing the goal,” Shingary said. “So, I looked for the shot. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
“I think the second goal picked us up. It gave us a little strength, some determination that we actually have this game.”
Medina went right back to work in the second half, as Holly Rhodes gobbled up a Wooster clearance and drilled a shot past Wudarzewski from outside the box. The rout was then on, as Nicole Bennett and an own goal capped the scoring.
Wooster registered its only shot late in the game. Tanzen Angert struck from long distance, but it went right to backup goalkeeper Sophie Weidner for a comfortable save.
“(In the) second half, we were back to our old selves,” Coreno said. “I would’ve liked to have seen us play smarter and better for the full 80 minutes, but I’m proud of the effort. In the tournament it’s all about advancing, and they got it done tonight.
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