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Aurora -- About one year ago, the Aurora boys soccer team suffered a stunning upset to Tallmadge on the road.
Let's just say the Greenmen righted the ship this year.
Host Aurora improved to 11-3-1 overall and 4-1-1 in the Suburban League American Conference after posting a 2-0 victory over the Blue Devils on Oct. 11.
The Greenmen simply had too much skill and too much speed for the Blue Devils, who spent much more time defending than attacking.
It could have been much worse, as Aurora outshot the Blue Devils 15-1 and had a 9-0 edge in corner kicks. Such numbers made Tallmadge's senior goalkeeper a busy man.
Facing a barrage of point-blank shots inside his own penalty box, Tommy Kilway made 13 saves.
Considering his team made a living on the Blue Devils' end for much of the 80 minutes, Greenmen first-year head coach Jason Bibza was hoping for a few more goals.
"Our shooting wasn't very good," he said. "We had a lot of shots that were deflected. We wanted to put the ball on the ground and make short, quick passes."
The Greenmen, thanks to their speed, had a knack for getting back in position to force turnovers and prevent Tallmadge from getting shots off.
Nonetheless, the Blue Devils made their presence known defensively and avoided letting things get out of hand. It looked like it was going to get out of hand early.
That's because the Greenmen needed a little more than two minutes to get on the board.
Sophomore Dan French received a pass from his twin brother Mike French and finished to make it 1-0 in favor of Aurora. French got the ball in the Blue Devils' penalty box off a long throw-in.
The Greenmen got their other goal with 2:24 remaining in the first half.
This time, sophomore Josh Famageltto took a shot not far outside of Tallmadge's penalty box on the left side. The ball landed in the right side of the net.
Aurora kept attacking for most of the evening and had a couple of shots hit the crossbar.
On the other hand, senior goalie Joey Brockway did not have too busy of an evening. He needed to make just one save for the Greenmen, who had lost three straight games prior to their win Oct. 11.
"I thought we could have won against Twinsburg [1-0 loss Oct. 8 at home]," Bibza said. "We got away from our short passing game."
Brockway, Famageltto and fellow Greenmen seniors Ryan Dockman, Bryce Posner, Joseph Hauman, Kyle Stokar, Dominic Hesmondhalgh and Jared Ruehr were recognized before the game.
Aurora's boys soccer team, led by Mike French, designed and sold T-shirts as a way to raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Mike French was inspired by his grandmother, Martha Gundrum, who is currently battling breast cancer, to create the fundraiser, and prior to the game, the Greenmen presented a check of $5,000 to Sydney Caparrpo on behalf of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.
"Mike did most of the work," Bibza said. "The kids sold T-shirts and had a raffle for tickets to upcoming games. I'm proud of Mike and the team. This was the most we've ever raised."
Results from Aurora's scheduled match against Kenston last week were not available. The locals earned the second seed in the Kent Division I sectional-district tournament.
The Greenmen are scheduled to host the Twinsburg-Kenston winner in a Kent Division I sectional title game Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
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