Medina/Lyndonville booters enjoy historic title season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 11 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Bruce Landis – The Medina/Lyndonville soccer team enjoyed a historic season this fall by capturing the Niagara-Orleans League title for the first time. In the front row are Ian Smith, Vassilios Bitsas, Quentin Adkins, Paul Kurz, Zach Laird, Nick Hinkson and Zach Harris. In the middle row are Justin Morgan, Kristian Snyder, Lucas Cook, Greg Husung, Henri Courdent, Brian Anderson, Carson Zgoda and Austin Owens. In the back row are Josh Klotzbach, Collin Dunn, Max Owens, James Ianni, Colm Cooper, Tyler Ames, Derek Donley, Aaron Feltz, Steven Anderson and Coach Steve Luksch.

In just the third year of the merged program, the Medina/Lyndonville boys soccer team enjoyed a banner season by winning a tight four way battle to capture the Niagara-Orleans League title for the first time.

Medina/Lyndonville finished the N-O title campaign with 9-2-1 record to edge out Wilson (9-3-0), Newfane (8-3-1) and Akron (7-5-0) for the championship.

Medina/Lyndonville held a two game lead with a 7-1 record late in the season but saw that advantage sliced to just a half game after a narrow 1-0 loss to Akron and a scoreless overtime tie at Newfane.

Rebounding, the Mustangs closed the league campaign with shutout wins over Akron (3-0) and Roy-Hart (4-0) to lock up the title.

“It was a great season,” said Coach Steve Luksch. “Our league is one of the toughest around so winning it was a great accomplishment. It was a real team effort. A big key was these guys just love to play soccer and they like playing together.”

Offensively the Mustangs were led by the trio of Brian Anderson (16 goals, 6 assists), Steven Anderson (11 goals, 7 assists) and James Ianni (6 goals, 10 assists). Kristian Snyder also had 4 goals and 3 assists and Greg Husung and Aaron Feltz both with 3 goals and 3 assists.

Goalie Justin Morgan anchored the Mustangs defense along with Colm Cooper, Collin Dunn, Josh Klotzbach and Paul Kurz.

The Mustangs finished with a 13-4-1 overall record.