Aurora -- An early goal changed everything for Kent Roosevelt as the Rough Riders held Sept. 9 for a 1-0 non-conference road win over the Aurora High varsity girls soccer team, which played only one game last week.
Aurora headed into this week's play with a 5-2-1 mark.
In just the third minute of the game, Roosevelt's Keeley Leising set up to fire off a corner kick. The sophomore forward's boot crossed past the goal before senior defender Katie Mohnacky rose up and connected with a header that slipped the ball past Aurora keeper Maria Mims.
"Honestly, that was probably the best goal I've seen all season," Roosevelt coach Curtis Ahrens said. "We practice that play a lot, and it was good to see it happen [in game action]."
Ahrens said that Mohnacky's goal was a breath of fresh air for a team that has struggled all season to start games strong.
With an early one-goal lead, all that was left for Roosevelt to do was hold on to dear life against a chasing Greenmen squad for the next 77 or so minutes.
To that end, the Rough Riders did a great job. Playing in only the second game with a new defensive philosophy, Roosevelt limited the Greenmen to just nine shots on goal.
Most of Aurora's legitimate shots on goal came during the second half -- something Bizba said he was unhappy to see.
"We did not play our best during the first half," he said. "We didn't play with the intensity or the composure that we expect to have and Roosevelt made us pay.
"I thought we played a better game in the second half, but even then, we failed to make our moments count with bad shots or bad crossing paths. It seemed like we panicked out there."
Action was to pick up this week for the Greenmen, who were scheduled to play Parma Padua on Sept. 16. Other matches are Sept. 19 at home against West Geauga and Sept. 21 at Lake Catholic.
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