The Medina girls soccer team hasn't had a perfect season, and head coach Mike Lepkyj would be the first to admit that. The coach predicted before the season that his team would take its lumps, and it certainly has, finding itself near the bottom of the league in Niagara-Orleans League play.
But Tuesday was Senior Day for the Lady Mustangs at Veterans Park, and Lepkyj's squad burst out of the gate with plenty of fire and intensity. Medina had no intentions of losing a game that served as a tribute to its seniors' hard work over the years, and the result lived up to the occasion. The Lady Mustangs jumped out to a three-goal halftime lead and added two more in the second half to defeat CSAT 5-0.
Medina improves to 4-7 in league play, while CSAT falls to 1-10.
"We were just getting the ball deep, getting into the corners and playing back-door," Lepkyj said. "It's the key to our success, and we did it well."
Medina opened the scoring on an early goal by senior captain Taylor Miller, and built its halftime edge on goals by eighth-grader Destiny Szatkowski and senior captain Emilee Austin.
Miller made the score 4-0 on a direct kick with just over 30 minutes left in the second half. The captain's accuracy was so precise on the tally that CSAT defenders were heard remarking to each other, "That was a nice goal," during the Medina celebration.
Miller has been one of Medina's most reliable scoring threats throughout the season, and Lepkyj said it's a testament to the diligence and work ethic she has displayed throughout her Lady Mustang career.
"Taylor makes great use of her skill set, and she works hard," Lepkyj said.