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Aurora High boys booters lose 3 in row to tough foes

by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT Published: October 12, 2016 1:00 AM
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Aurora -- All winning streaks come to an end. For the Aurora boys soccer team, it came at the hands of two of the top teams in the area.

Aurora, 10-3-1 overall, lost 5-2 to nationally-ranked St. Ignatius on Oct. 4 and then fell 1-0 to Twinsburg on Oct. 8, extending its losing streak to three matches.

"Sometimes when you have a successful run like we had -- an 11-game unbeaten streak this program has not had since 2010 -- it can lead to desperation when you hit that first wall," explained head coach Jason Bibza.

"But I believe these guys have what it takes to battle back strong at the end of the season. We've lost three games to three excellent teams, but these trials will make us stronger."

The Greenmen were to play Tallmadge in a Suburban League clash Oct. 11 and will finish with a match Oct. 13 at Kenston.

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In the postseason, Aurora will host a sectional final Oct. 22 after a first-round bye, facing the Twinsburg-Kenston winner.

In the match against Twinsburg (8-4-1), the Tigers scored the lone goal from 25 yards out in the first half.

"Against Twinsburg, they scored a nice goal on a rocket liner in the corner," noted the coach. "We believed we could equalize the game, but it just never happened.

"We had some self-inflicted mistakes that we did not overcome, but when you lose a tough game it's only valuable if you learn from it, which these guys will.

"We didn't take what they were giving us," he added. "We got away from the style that makes us successful, and did not play our game, and that is easy to do when you are down and are pressing to battle back.

"Hopefully this will be something the boys learn from, so we can keep our composure and play our game in the postseason, even if we get behind."

Ignatius, top ranked in Ohio in Division I, averages 6 goals a game and have allowed only a few this fall.

"With Ignatius, it was simply a great chance to play the best team," said Bibza. "in some rankings, they are rated the top team in the nation."

Bibza added that no team has scored two goals against Ignatius since early 2014. "We recognize they are a very difficult team to score against," he said.

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