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Aurora -- A 1-1 tie against Medina Highland last week may have sparked the Aurora High boys soccer team to its best outing of the season against Brecksville-Broadview Heights.
The Greenmen posted a huge, 3-1 home win and thus handed the Bees (6-1-1) their first loss of the year Sept. 17.
Aurora, 8-0-1 overall, had a six-game win streak snapped in the 1-1 tie against Suburban League American Conference rival Highland on Sept. 13, but the locals bounced back.
Head coach Jason Bibza saw his club trounce Notre Dame Cathedral Latin 7-2 in non-league play Sept. 15 and then beat Brecksville, which was ranked fourth in the Cleveland coaches poll.
"We didn't capitalize on many scoring opportunities against Highland, but the guys responded with a strong win over NDCL, and then in a significant test against Brecksville, we played extremely well.
"Brecksville was big and physical, but we wanted to absorb its pressure and defend collectively," Bibza explained.
"We wanted to counterattack, and we did just that; Brecksville never got behind our back line, which played exceptional."
Aurora's back line included seniors Joseph Hauman and Dominic Hesmondhalgh and juniors Avery McMaster, Robby Albrecht, Cooper Devins and Robert Lamport, among others.
Midway through the first half, senior Kyle Stokar scored on a corner kick off a feed from senior Josh Famagellto. Then junior Michael French buried the ball low in the corner to make it 2-0 on a head flick.
"Michael gambled when the ball was in the air, got behind, made a great run and had a beautiful finish."
Aurora's staff moved Famagellto to the middle and Stokar to the outside to be more defensive. Famagellto then scored on a fast break, left-footed goal to make it 3-0.
"He does a lot of special things for us," said Bibza. "This was a big win because Brecksville is in our postseason bracket."
Famagellto had 3 goals against NDCL (4-3). He also had the lone tally against Highland, as Aurora is 2-0-1 in the American Conference.
Also scoring were Hauman, Stokar, junior Andrew Sobodosh and sophomore Cooper Bizjak.
"We had five breakaways against Highland in the first half, and then we started to press," said Bibza, who noted the Greenmen JV team is 6-1-2.
Games in the coming week include Sept. 24 at home against St. Edward and Sept. 27 at Copley. The boys also were slated to face Revere on Sept. 20.