FINDLAY – The Sylvania Northview boys soccer team did not receive much respect all year from the supposed experts that provide the ratings but all that does not matter now.
Because of their exciting 1-0 win over the Medina Battling Bees, the unranked Wildcats are now one of only four Division I teams still playing in the State of Ohio and only one win away from fulfilling the dream of Northview coach Ryan Creech.
“I told the kids before the game my dream as a coach has always been to be able to play or coach at [Columbus] Crew Stadium, and I hope we get that opportunity. Well, we're going to get a chance to get that opportunity.”
The Wildcat victory did not come easily. In a game marked with several yellow cards for aggressive play and many other verbal warnings from the referee executing a shot on goal was difficult as any such attempt drew a throng of defenders. As a result, the first half saw no scoring and it was not until late in the second half that a fortunate turn of events and the “heady” play of Northview junior Kyle Scharfenberg led to the game’s only goal.
The action leading to the Scharfenberg goal was begun by a lofted centering pass by Wildcat defensemen, Dylan Hanna. Hanna executed a soft, highly lofted pass that landed just inside the Medina goalie box. As the ball bounced, Scharfenberg alertly headed the ball toward the Medina goal which drew out the Bees’ goalie, Kevin Mahin. Unfortunately for Medina, Mahin could not come up with the loose ball and Scharfenberg again headed the ball and this time he found the back of the Medina net.
Losing coach Mark Malikowski was not impressed with how the goal was scored.
“I have no idea how that ball went in. I would have hoped that the team would win on a good goal, and that certainly wasn't one,” said Malikowski.
Following the Northview goal, Medina fought hard to at least tie the game but the Wildcat defense and goalie remained impenetrable. The Bees had only one real scoring opportunity in the game’s closing minutes and Northview goalie, Tyler Puhl, easily covered the shot.
With their win the Wildcats will play next Tuesday in Solon against an undetermined opponent. The game will begin at 7 pm.
Medina’s season ends with the Bees compiling an outstanding 16-2-3 record.