Aurora -- Crunch time is coming for the Aurora girls soccer team, which has positioned itself well -- both in league play and for the postseason.
A 7-0 home win over Perry pushed the Greenmen to 4-0-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division. Aurora is 9-4-1 overall.
With a win at home over Kenston in the regular season finale on Oct. 10, the Lady Greenmen can clinch an outright championship.
Hawken is 3-0-2 and if Aurora ties Kenston, the Greenmen will have a co championship with the Hawks.
The Lady Greenmen had four straight home games to cap the regular season, including an Oct. 7 non-league clash against North Canton Hoover.
Interestingly, Aurora received its tournament draw for the Kent Roosevelt Division I sectional-district tournament, and will host Kenston (5-6-3) on Oct. 14.
The Bombers, seeded eighth in the tourney, elected to play Aurora, which snagged the fourth seed overall behind three teams that have been state-ranked this fall -- Twinsburg, Walsh Jesuit and Hudson.
In fact, Twinsburg and Walsh are the 1-2 teams in the latest OSSCA state poll. Warren Howland and Nordonia are two other strong clubs as the fifth and sixth seeds.
"We're looking forward to the tournament and it will be interesting because I have never heard of playing a team two times in a row like this," said Aurora head coach Jason Bibza. "Kenston has a solid team and we will be prepared, but the league comes first."
The scoring in the win over Perry (1-11-1 overall) was spread out and led by the team's goalkeeper. Yes, junior keeper Nicole Doyle came out of the net to score two goals and an assist.
Bibza started senior forward Maddy Group as the keeper so that all 11 of the team's seniors could start. "It was great to get all of the seniors to start and I know Nicole had a lot of fun playing in the field," said the mentor.
Backup keeper Maria Mims, a sophomore, also played in the net, along with senior midfielder Amanda Kovalcheck, who also scored a goal along with Group.
Other players who scored in the win were senior Adrien Helmuch, senior Kendall Trudick and sophomore Hannah Jones.
Aurora is getting healthier after a slew of injuries, including a whopping three concussions. Thirteen athletes have missed at least one game because of an injury.
"I think our team is looking at possibly winning the CVC because of the depth we have," said Bibza. "It will play a big role for us in the postseason."
Other seniors for Aurora include Rylee Armold, Liz Domeck, Kelly Kondik, Katie Albrecht, Kali Bachman, Helen Krondorfer, Megan Crevar and Taylor Banc. Juniors are Grace Bollas, Ally Burns, Kerri Maselli, Meghan Stepananac and Maddy Allen.