By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
It seemed only fitting that Moeller would not allow a goal in regulation during the Division I state final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Soccer Tournament Saturday evening at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus. But, the Crusaders’ amazing scoreless streak finally came to an end with just 1:30 remaining in the first overtime when junior Parker Csiszar scored the match’s lone goal to give Medina the 1-0 victory and the state title after losing to Beavercreek, 1-0, in double OT in the title match a year ago.
The loss ended a record season for Moeller (19-2-3), which was vying for the school’s first state soccer championship and entered the final having recorded seven straight shutouts in the postseason, a school record, and 15 shutouts this season, also a Crusader best. Moeller, with its 1-0 OT win against Olentangy Liberty in the state finals, also set the school’s single-season record for victories with 19, and entered the final having outscored its seven opponents in the state playoffs by a combined 24-0 score.
Both teams displayed strong defense all night, and it appeared the match might be headed for another extra period. But Csiszar, who was named first team All-Ohio, took a pass in Moeller’s penalty area, got around a defender and took a shot that made its way into the left side of the net. It was only the 11th goal Moeller has allowed all season, and the first in the postseason. Medina (19-1-4) also allowed 11 goals this season, with just one in the postseason. Medina certainly earned its first state soccer title, defeating No. 1 Cleveland St. Ignatius in the semifinals and No. 3 Moeller in the final.