Final four appearance ends in tough loss

Boys soccer season ended in OT after debatable call


Justin Libertowski flashes some love to the crowd. Libertowski put the Bees up 2-0 early in Div I state semi final play.

The boys soccer season came to an abrupt end last night on a questionable call. The Bees lost 3-2 in a heartbreaker at Strongsville’s Pat Catan Stadium in Division 1 state semifinal competition against  St. Ignatius. 

The Swarm was in full attendance, supporting the boys as they had all season.  The team ended their season and storybook run to the state finals with a record of 18-2-2 and were considered the underdogs for this game.

Medina jumped ahead quickly with Justin Libertowski scoring early in the first half and again at the 7:34 mark. Ignatius scored on a free kick from about 25 yards out late in the first half, making the score 2-1 at the half.

The defense and keeper TylerGlasenapp were pressed hard during much of the game but performed well. Glasenapp had nine saves.

St. Ignatius (19-0-2) scored five minutes into the second half, tying up the game. The score remained 2-2 at the end of regulation, sending the nail biter into overtime.

The final goal came after a questionable call giving Ignatius a penalty kick which ended the game about five minutes into the first OT.

Although Medina does not advance to play Columbus St. Charles, they still had a great season. Way to go boys, thanks for an exciting season.