June 29, 2016

Partly sunny

Boys soccer: Copley crushes Bees

COPLEY TWP. — One thing became abundantly clear to Medina’s Jacob Schaefer just 15 minutes into the Bees’
5-0 loss to Copley.
By the end of the non-league boys soccer match, virtually everyone else came to an agreement with the junior.
“They’re probably the best team in Northeast Ohio,” he said. “They’re skilled. They move off the ball. They’re confident taking people on. They’re the best I’ve seen so far this year.”
If the game was any indication Saturday, the Indians (4-0) could very well be the best team in Ohio after pasting a Medina squad that had only given up two goals coming in and was on a three-game streak in which it hadn’t allowed a goal.
That all changed in the blink of an eye, as the Bees (4-1) were blitzed by an offense it hadn’t quite seen this season.
Vinny Worner scored from 18 yards just a little more than eight minutes in. Franklin Kirui scored five minutes after that, and suddenly Medina was facing a situation it hadn’t in a long time.
“They beat us in every facet of the game,” Bees coach Simon Spelling said. “We need to get stronger over time and hopefully play them later in the year and be more competitive. The first 40 minutes was the worst 40 minutes we’ve played all year. We deserved what we got. Congratulations to Copley. That’s a fine team.”
To understand how good the Indians were, Medina had little trouble in wins over Shaker Heights, Firestone and Highland after dispatching St. Vincent-St. Mary by a goal to open the season.
Copley’s Kirui, Skye Harter (1 goal, 2 assists) and Chris Brennan (2 goals) were constantly being fed through-balls. They turned on the jets, beat the Bees to the ball and there were mismatches everywhere instantly.
“That’s what we want,” Indians coach Dave Antal said. “Our kids are dynamic. The way we play, it’s supposed to be tough for the other team because the guys have a really good understanding of where they need to be.
“When you have two players with all these star qualities of Skye and Chris, some guys get overshadowed. It’s humbling for me because, to me, it’s what dreams are made of.”
While Copley has scored 27 goals in four games, what really as Antal amped is the fact it hasn’t allowed a goal.
With players like Christian Harter, Holden Torrens, Jared Davis and Kyle Boles on defense, the Bees needed almost 60 minutes before Justus Kendel put Medina’s first shot on frame. The Bees managed two shots on goal the entire contest.
“We can’t go in underestimating the other team,” Schaefer said. “We have to keep playing. We can’t just stop. It’s definitely a heartbreaker, but you have to keep playing and not drop off. They’re all big and fast. They’re the perfect set. They’re good.”
Unfortunately, things got a bit chippy at the end as both squads were given more than a handful of yellow cards. Indians goalkeeper Ameer Mubarak was given a red card after Kendel’s aforementioned shot when he pushed the Medina forward to the ground.
Mubarak will have to sit out at Highland on Thursday and Saturday at home against Perrysburg.
“It’s very unfortunate because we were talking about decisions and how a split-second decision can change everything,” Antal said. “He made a bad decision. He’ll be better for it. He’ll come back and learn from his mistake. We have a good strong defense. We believe in Jake White. He came in and got the shutout. The kids believe in each other, and that’s what you want.”
Medina’s junior varsity beat the Indians 2-0 to remain undefeated. Josh Aliff scored both goals, while Tyler Glasenapp picked up his third shutout.
Contact Brad Bournival
at sports@medina-gazette.com.
Copley 5, Medina 0
MEDINA     0  0  —  0
COPLEY0     4  1  —  5
C — Vinny Worner, 31:53.
C — Franklin Kirui (Skylar Harter), 25:44.
C — Chris Brennan (Harter), 12:35.
C — Harter (penalty kick), 2:40.
C — Brennan (Kyle Boles), 20:11.
Shots on goal — Medina 2, Copley 8. Corner kicks — Medina 1, Copley 2. Saves — Tyler Vogrin (M) 3, Ameer Mubarak (C) 1, Jake White (C) 1. Records — Medina (4-1), Copley (4-0). Junior varsity — Medina 2, Copley 0.