Aurora -- Keys for the postseason -- like playing strong team defense and controlling the possession on offense -- are some of the things the Aurora boys soccer team did well as the regular season wound down.
The Greenmen closed out the regular season on Oct. 10 at Mayfield with a 7-0 win at Wildcat Park. They finished ann outstanding regular season at 10-2-4 overall and are the No. 1 seed at the Division I Kent Roosevelt sectional-district tournament.
Head coach Chris Gentile saw his club gain another outright Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division championship at 6-0-1. A 2-1 win over Kenston keyed that crown.
"It was great to get our second outright CVC title in three years, and it was great for our seniors," said Gentille. "We had a good week as the Mayfield win was exceptional on both ends."
Aurora earned a first round bye in the Kent tourney and will play Oct. 19 at home in a sectional championship game against the first round winner of Warren Harding (4-7-1) and Bedford (0-13-1).
"We are excited about the tournament," said the coach.
If the Greenmen win, they will host a district semifinal game on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. against the winner of Hudson and Walsh Jesuit.
Aurora got the top seed over a potent field, including Solon, Hudson and Warren Howland.
"I think one of the keys for success in the post season is our controlling the possession," said Gentile. "We need to control the ball and push it deep to the end line, and then cross it."
Gentille liked what the team did at Mayfield as junior Nick Perez scored five points with a pair of goals and an assist.
Senior Dalton Browsky had two goals, while also pushing in tallies were senior Trever Wendel (one goal, one assist), sophomore Justin Kowalski (one goal, one assist) and freshman Josh Famageltto (one goal).
Senior Ben Lazor netted two assists in the win, while seniors Prayag Jina and Justin Pavlick also got assists.
"Our possession in the game was phenomenal," said the coach.
Pavlick was credited with the shutout, while junior Matt Gordon secured it off the bench with two saves against the Wildcats (7-6-1).
"Our defense has been tremendous," said Gentille, who gave great praise to his back defense of junior Tyler Finkenthal, senior Conner Burns,and junior Anthony Brockway, plus Pavlick.
Aurora won 2-1 on Oct. 8 over Kenston (6-6-3, 3-4) as Lazor and Browsky each scored, while Jina added an assist.
However, the Bombers packed in their defense like West Geauga did. It worked early as the Bombers led 1-0 on a pre-set goal that deflected off of an Aurora player.
Lazor tied it at 1 with a 30-foot rocket that found the back post. Browsky scored the game winner. "We battled back and we talked about how to negate when teams pack it in," said Gentille.
Other seniors on the team are Kyle Sutton, Ryan Studer, Scott Sutton and Matt Meyer.