Westlake Demons stung by Medina Bees in OT

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Westlake’s Rita Forbusch, left, heads the ball as she collides with Medina’s Leanne Prandi in the first half of Thursday night’s Division I Regional Semifinal game played at Rocky River. Medina won in overtime, 1-0.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Westlakes's Madison Dunlap, center, heads the ball in the first half of Thursday night's Division I Regional Semifinal.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Westlake's goalie Alexis Carpenter, right, makes a save on Medina's Olivia Sency shot in the first half of Thursday night's Division I Regional Semifinal.

MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Westlake’s Maddie Sandhu, top, collides with her goalie Alexis Carpenter after Capenter makes a save in the first half of Thursday night’s Division I Regional Semifinal.

ROCKY RIVER — It took a fantastic shot to end Westlake’s season.

Medina’s Nicole Bennett scored from 30 yards out with 1:14 left in the first overtime to top the Demons 1-0 in the Division I, Region 2 semifinal at Rocky River on Thursday.

The Lady Bees (13-5-2) will play Perrysburg on Saturday at Sandusky High School at 1:45 p.m. Westlake ends its season at 11-7-1.

“The girl (Bennett) hit a pretty unbelievable shot at the end to beat us,” Westlake coach Scott Jones said. “That is what it took to beat us. My hat goes off to them.”

After neither team was able to find the back of the net during regulation, the first overtime appeared headed to end the same way regulation did.

Bennett had different ideas.

Taking a pass form defender Marisa Scullin, Bennett worked her way up the right side. She pulled up from about 30 yards out and lofted a high-arcing shot towards the goal. With her hands extended, Westlake goalie Alexis Carpenter jumped to try and make the save — only to have the ball go just over her out-stretched hands and into the goal to propel the Bees to the regional finals.

“It was a one-in-a-million shot,” Bennett said. ‘I was on the ground and looked up. When I did, I saw the ball go just over her hands and in. I was so happy to see it go in.”

The goal also ended an overtime of frustration for Medina, who had four corner kicks. In total, the Bees had 12. The frustration was largely part due to the Demons’ defense. By not allowing rebounds or second chances, Medina was stymied.

“Our defense has been solid all year,” Jones said. “The four of them and Alexis have done well and it is something we have come to expect out of them.”

While the defense was doing the job, Westlake struggled offensively. It had only one corner kick in the first half, but did change the momentum in the second half.

Early in the second half, the Demons’ best scoring chance came with Maddie Sandhu launching a free kick into the goalie box. Rita Forbusch was able to get a piece of it and direct it towards the goal. It went off the left post and was cleared by Medina.

After the near-miss, Westlake continued to control the ball much better than it did in the first half. However, the Demons were unable to get any shots on goal.

“Our defense has been a constant all season,” Medina Coach Doug Corena said. “We rotate six girls back there and they all have done a great job. We know if we are a good defensive team, we will be in every game.”

Though regulation was scoreless, it almost wasn’t less than two minutes into the game with Brianna Shingary knifing her way through the Westlake defense and getting off a shot on goal. Carpenter made a nice save less than two minutes into it.

The next opportunity for Medina came late in the first half with Shingary being at the center of it. She headed a shot off a free kick from Olivia Sencu which hit the post and bounced back to the center of the goal where Carpenter covered it up.

With only six seniors on the roster, Westlake is built for plenty of success for the future.

“It was a great season,” Jones said. “(My) hat goes off to the seniors and the upperclassmen. This was a great building (experience) for the younger kids. It hurts now, but soon they will realize this was a pretty special season.”

BOX SCORE

Medina 1, Westlake 0

Division I, Region 2 Semifinal

Medina (13-5-2) 0 0 1 — 1

Westlake (11-7-1) 0 0 0 — 0

GOALS — Medina: Nicole Bennett (assisted by Marisa Scullin).

GOALIES — Medina: Jordan Reynolds 0 saves; Westlake: Alexis Carpenter 2 saves.

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Last Updated: 11/2/2012 4:57:12 PM EST

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