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Copley hands boys soccer team first loss

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: October 5, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- Copley was just too much for the Aurora High boys soccer squad in a big- league test last week.

The Greenmen are having a tremendous season, and the 5-0 loss on the road handed them their first loss of the year overall and in the Suburban League American Conference.

Aurora fell to 10-1-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the SL American after the Sept. 27 showdown.

Copley (8-3-1) clinched at least a share of the league crown with a 5-0 mark. The Indians only losses were to Ohio's top-ranked team (Cleveland St. Ignatius), Dublin Coffman and Anthony Wayne.

First-year head coach Jason Bibza was pleased with his team's play and was excited about the Oct. 4 home match against St. Ignatius. Final results weren't available at press time.

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In some reports, St. Ignatius is the top-ranked team in the entire country.

"We're excited about the opportunity to play St. Ignatius, and we welcome the test after the loss to Copley, which was not a pretty one," said the mentor.

Evan Malpass scored 20 minutes into the game for Copley as the Indians split two Aurora defenders on the play. "It was perfectly played. They split and it was too big of a gap for us," explained Bibza.

Then 2 minutes later, Bryan Kline scored off a deflected corner kick near the post and Copley led 2-0.

"Bam, we were down 2-0 and did a good job to hold them off, but it was tough," said the mentor.

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"We missed some opportunities, but the game was closer than the score shows against a team that was ranked 10th in Ohio and third in the Cleveland area."

Copley scored on a corner kick with 3 seconds left in the game to increase the score, but the goal that really hurt came with 3 minutes left.

The Indians cleared out a long throw by the Greenmen and then raced down the sideline and caught Aurora with a counter attack goal by Malpass.

"That goal hurt us, but it was a good play as they counter-attacked and beat us on the outside after a long clear out [throw]," explained the coach. "They earned the victory."

Bibza said the district tournament draw will be Oct. 8.

Aurora will enjoy the comforts of home to wrap up the regular season with an outing against Twinsburg on Oct. 8, Tallmadge for Senior Night on Oct. 11 and Kenston on Oct. 13.

Seniors are leading Aurora this fall. They are forwards Josh Famageltto and Kyle Stokar, keeper Joey Brockway, defenders Joe Hauman, Dom Hesmondhalgh and Ryan Dockman and center midfielder Bryce Posner.

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