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Aurora High girls soccer drops first league match

Published: September 28, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- The Aurora High varsity girls soccer team failed to capitalize on early opportunities to score from in front of Revere's goal and suffered a 3-0 defeat Sept. 22.

The team fell to 6-3-1 overall and 3-1 in the Suburban League American Conference. It will host Copley on Sept. 29 and travel to Avon Lake on Oct. 3.

"Revere hasn't lost a game this year, and we knew the game would come down to how we limited their space in midfield," said AHS coach Jerry Shutway.

"They have two all-state-caliber midfielders who can shoot from any angle or distance, and a handful of other very talented forwards and midfielders."

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Aurora senior captain Jenna Geier played as the target forward to set up chances to score for attacking seniors Courtney Wendel, Emma Frankmann and Deanna Sagaris, and sophomores Taylor Burrick, Nicole Doemling, Abbey Byard and Sami Richards.

"Our plan was working very well and we were getting an equal number of attacks as they were, but midway through the first half our midfielders made a critical mistake," said Shutway. "No one closed the space on midfielder Alexa Langenfeld, who was unmarked about 25 yards from our goal."

Her shot was high and struck with pace. AHS junior goalkeeper Olivia Conces tried to make the save, but the ball went through her hands for a Revere goal.

Revere added another goal by Audrey Harding about 6 minutes later on a crossed ball that was not cleared by the defense.

Much of the second half was played in Revere's half of the field as the Greenmen stepped up their game to dominate the midfield space and put pressure on Revere's defense.

However, Aurora was unable to produce a goal, and the Minutemen struck one more time with about 15 minutes to go.

The win resulted in Revere taking control of the race for the conference title with a 4-0-0 record.

Both teams have two more league rivals to play, with Aurora facing Copley this week and then a much-improved Tallmadge team Oct. 12.

Shutway believes Tallmadge "has been the surprise team in the league this fall."

AHS also has three other non-league games remaining in the regular season -- Oct. 6 at Eastlake North, Oct. 8 against Howland at home and Oct. 15 at Madison.

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