Aurora -- It was a signature win by a young and talented team trying to find itself in the early season, when Aurora's boys soccer team posted a 2-0 non-league verdict over powerful Solon.
For a Greenmen program that lost nine seniors to graduation and 22 senior athletes in the past two years, Aurora has a lot of new faces on the varsity.
Securing a smart, defensive-minded win -- its second of the young season -- over the strong Comets at Veterans Stadium on Aug. 30 was a feather in Aurora's cap.
"It was a big win, and we played exceptionally well for a young team," pointed out head coach Chris Gentille. "The kids executed well and our defensive play was great against one of the top programs in the area and in our district."
Senior Matt Gordon was credited with the shutout for the Greenmen. "We had a great performance by Matt and we included a lot of tactics on defense," said Gentille. "Our back line defense played tremendous"
Tyler Finkenthal, a battle-tested senior center back, led the defense along with juniors Oliver Hesmondhalgh and Cory Bianco and senior Sean Atwood, according to the coach.
Junior forward-midfielder Justin Kowalski scored the first of Aurora's two first half goals. He converted a deflected missed penalty kick by a teammate.
Senior center midfielder Anthony Brockway scored the other goal off a carom off a defender as the ball went into the net's far side.
"Both goals were because we were active. Our possession wasn't where we need it to be, but we are young and coming along," said Gentille.
Aurora plays at Mayfield on Sept. 4 before hosting Kent Roosevelt on Sept. 6 and playing a key Chagrin Valley Conference clash at Chagrin Falls on Sept. 9.
"I think the Solon win was great to build our confidence, which is important," concluded Gentille.