By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
Moeller will attempt to add to a few more records to the best season in school history, when the Crusaders face Medina in the Division I state championship of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Soccer Tournament. The math begins at 7 tonight at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, home of the Major League Soccer Columbus Crew.
The Crusaders (19-1-3) have not allowed a goal in seven postseason matches, outscoring their opponents by a combined 24-0 to earn the school’s first trip to the DI Final Four and now the state final. Coach Mike Welker’s team already has set school records for the most victories (19), shutouts (15) and consecutive shutouts (seven). None of those accomplishments, however, would be as big as winning the program’s first state title.
Moeller and Medina (17-1-4) are coming off 1-0 overtime wins against two of the state’s top-ranked teams. Moeller beat Olentangy Liberty on a goal by senior Jordan Walter with just under three minutes remaining in the first OT. Liberty was ranked No. 2 in the final Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association DI poll, one spot ahead of Moller. Medina eliminated No. 1 Cleveland St. Ignatius by that same score in an extra period, setting up tonight’s state final.
This is Medina’s second straight appearance in the DI state final, having lost to Beavercreek, 1-0, in OT in last year’s title match.
To listen to the state final broadcast from ESP Media, click https://livestream.com/espmedia/events/8447188?t=1541863928298.