Aurora -- For the determined Aurora girls soccer team it's a choice.
The Lady Greenmen can either sulk and be down about the team's recent rash of injuries, or the athletes can use their experience and maturity to fight through the adversity.
Aurora is choosing the latter, and coach Jason Bibza is elated with the team's 5-1 start.
The locals are 1-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference, thanks to a 2-1 home win over Chagrin Falls on Aug. 29.
"We're off to a great start, but it's been tough with the injuries," said the mentor. "This team has had as many as eight injuries and we have some kids out. Winning without five starters is something that I don't think too many teams could do."
A goal with 5 minutes left enabled Aurora to record a 1-0 shutout win over visiting Nordonia on Aug. 31 in non-league action.
Senior forward Maddie Group got the game winning goal -- a header off of a gorgeous corner kick by senior Amanda Kovalcheck, who made a perfect kick toward the back post.
"That was a beautiful header by Maddie off of a perfect pass from Amanda," said Bibza. "We have been making our games interesting that's for sure. For Maddie, that was her first start of the season. It seems like someone is always stepping up when an injured player goes down."
On a team with 12 returning seniors and 18 lettermen, the defense has been led by a pair of juniors in goalkeeper Nicole Doyle and defender Ally Burns.
"Nicole is doing an outstanding job in goal. and while our defense is a team defense Burns has really stepped up as our center defender," explained Bibza. "They have been a key to our success."
The 2-1 win over Chagrin saw sophomore forward Hannah Jones score off the bench and Kovalcheck got the second tally, the eventual game winner.
In the team's 2-1 win on Aug. 26 over Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, it was senior forward Riley Armoldís turn. Armold scored both goals for Aurora.
"Our scoring has been balanced and we have been well distributed on offense," said Bibza.
Aurora will play league rival Gates Mills Hawken at their place on Sept. 7 in a crucial CVC battle. On Sept. 9, Aurora hosts Kent Roosevelt. The games begin at 7 p.m.