Chad W. Lutz
Every fall, thousands of high school girls lace up their soccer cleats in search of one goal: to win a state championship. Freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors from all over the country prepare for the upcoming soccer season, but not all of them will taste victory by the first snowfall (which could happen today, since we are talking about Ohio here). It takes a lot to be the best, but the Medina Bees depth, and their positive attitude, is making it look easy. And they’re doing it on the national stage.
17-0 in as many games spanning the course of a year, the Green and White girl’s soccer Division I team is giving the whole country a run for its money. Talk about some bad ass Buckeyes. The last time these girls lost Patrick Swayze (R.I.P) was still only a ghost on film. But it’s been no cakewalk. The Bees have already faced the No.39 team in the nation in Pickerington North and the No.14 team in the nation in Strongsville last Saturday, and are scheduled to take on No. 13 Walsh Jesuit on October 3rd.
The Medina girl’s squad has not lost a contest since Sept. 12th of last year and went on to win the 2009 Division I State Championship shutting out Dublin Coffman by a final score of 4-0 before beginning this season 6-0-0.
Battered and looking pretty bruised these days, the girls are still on pace to win their second straight Division I title. However, not even recent injuries could hold back the Bees as they stung conference rival Strongsville for their fifth victory of the season on 9/11. “It’s good to get the first win in conference,” third-year coach Doug Coreno said in a September 14th interview with the Medina-Gazette. Saying, of the win over the No. 14 ranked team in the nation, “it’s nice to beat a team of that stature.”
While the Medina Girls Squad’s season is in no way written in stone they still have their eyes on the prize; that of being crowned national champs. And while they have to take it one game at a time, as the old sports adage goes, they’re proving all they can that when it comes to soccer, Ohio is the “Bee’s Knees.”
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