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Weather plagues Aurora High boys soccer action

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: August 31, 2016 1:00 AM

Aurora -- Coach Jason Bibza is just looking for his Aurora boys soccer team to have some consistency with its schedule. Aurora (1-0) has had five games affected by lightning so far.

"Three scrimmages and two games have been affected by lightning," he said. "This is frustrating for everyone, because we all want to play.

"But much of this experience is often about dealing with frustrating things that are outside our control. Our focus is to concentrate on the things we can control."

AHS hosted Chagrin Falls on Aug. 27, and the game was called off because of lightning 20 minutes into the contest.

"Mike French scored early, but play was suspended," said the mentor, who also noted the match against Kenston was suspended with 15:28 left in the first half and Aurora on top 1-0 after a goal by Kyle Stokar.

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"That was certainly an exciting way to start the season," said Bibza, whose club won 5-0 over Eastlake North on Aug. 23, when there were plenty of contributions.

"We started the match strong as Robby Albrecht took a throw-in at the 50-yard line, threw the ball 30 yards and over the defenders' heads. Mike French ran on to it, beat his man, and played the ball across for Josh Famageltto to finish," Bibza said. "Just like that, we set the tone."

Seventeen minutes into the match, Aurora executed a set play. In the second half, Joe Hauman sent a free kick to French, who put it away.

Stokar then received a throw-in from French, who beat two defenders to score.

Then with 6 minutes left, Cooper Devins got the ball at his feet from Avery McMaster, dribbled at the defense and slotted a pass to Albrecht, who finished with a solid shot low in the corner.

Bibza was pleased with the defense.

"Hauman, McMaster, Dom Hesmondhalgh, Devins, Albrecht, Robby Lamport, Jared Rueh, and Alec Besinger defended ferociously and physically to help goalkeepers Joey Brockway and Jacob French combine for the shutout," he said, adding he likes how the offense is hitting early on in matches.

"One significant bright spot is that we've been making a habit of striking early; we've scored in the first 4 minutes in each of our three games.

"We want to set the tone that we're going to be aggressive and put the opponent on their heels. Our attack of Famageltto, Stokar, French, Ryan Dockman and Cooper Bizjak up top is very dangerous, being fed by midfielders Bryce Posner, Andrew Sobodosh, Dan French, Alex Bibza and Nate Maxwell.

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