Recalling Medina’s first N-O soccer title
The Medina/Lyndonville boys soccer team enjoyed a very successful season this fall emerging as Section VI Class B1 co-champions after tying Tonawanda 2-2 in overtime in the tile contest.
That title recalls Medina’s first soccer championship when Coach Steve O’Dea’s Mustangs captured the Niagara-Orleans League crown in 1992.
Medina compiled a 9-1 N-O record that season to win the league title by two games over runner-up Akron (7-3).
A late season 7-1 win over Albion put a lock on the championship for Medina. Allan Anderson, an exchange student who scored a team leading 25 goals on the season, netted four in the clinching win over the Purple Eagles.
Medina’s only league loss was a narrow 2-1 setback against Akron in the N-O finale. The Tigers avenged an earlier season 4-1 loss with that victory.
The Mustangs other N-O wins were 8-1 and 7-1 over Roy-Hart, 3-2 and 2-0 over Wilson, 4-1 and 4-0 over Starpoint and 4-1 in their first meeting with Albion.
Medina placed five players on the N-O All-League first team including Anderson at forward, Yusef Abbasey at midfield, Joe Foster and Derek Dutcher on defense and Ron Brigham in goal.
The Mustangs also had a quartet of second team All-League honorees including forwards Mark Underdown and Tim McKeown, midfielder Josh Lacy and defender Andy Benz.
McKeown had 9 goals on the season, Underdown 6 and Abbasey 4.
In would be some 22 years before the Mustangs would again claim the N-O crown. The combined Medina/Lyndonville team ended that drought by capturing the crown in 2014 and also again in 2019.