Aurora -- A red-hot Aurora High boys soccer team ran its winning streak to six games last week as strong defense and timely scoring has been commonplace.
However, head coach Jason Bibza realizes his schedule -- both in and out of the Suburban League -- will get much more difficult.
Aurora won 3-0 in a Sept. 10 home non-league game against Chagrin Falls. With the shutout, the Greenmen had outscored foes 29-1 (five shutouts).
"We also defeated Barberton and Mayfield last week," said Bibza.
"We know this is the soft part of our schedule. his has been a great stretch where we can empty the bench in every game, which increases our depth and experience, while preparing for tougher games ahead."
The Greenmen were to face Medina Highland on Sept. 13, and will host Notre Dame Cathedral Latin on Sept. 15 and Brecksville on Sept. 17, play at Revere on Sept. 20 and host St. Edward on Sept. 24.
The Chagrin game was the finish of a suspended game from earlier in the season. Josh Famageltto scored two goals, one on a set piece and one on a penalty kick.
"Centerbacks Avery McMaster, Joe Hauman and Dom Hesmondhalgh, along with goalkeeper Joey Brockway, combined to neutralize Chagrin's attack," Bibza noted.
"We're trying to consistently do the right things and play the right way," offered the coach. "We try to be aggressive and score early and make teams adjust to us.
"SO FAR THE boys have risen to the challenge and put some exciting plays together. The results have been outstanding."
On Sept. 8, Aurora won 2-0 at Mayfield on tallies by Mike French and Dan French.
"Mayfield employed an extreme low-pressure defensive style, with a line of confrontation at their 35-yard line," Bibza said. "For most of the time, they had all 11 players within 25 to 30 yards of their own goal."
The Wildcats had some players out with injuries and red cards, and Bibza knew they wanted to try to keep things close.
It's a tactic that sometimes can be successful, most recently by the Sweden National Women's team against the United States. But our boys did a good job of adjusting and working to break down such a compact defense. We were able to break through twice."
Host Aurora won 11-1 over Barberton on Sept. 6 to improve to 2-0 in Suburban League American Conference play.
"The score was 3-0 20 minutes in, so the starters were pulled and the second group went in and continued to do damage," said Bibza.
Goals were scored by Famageltto (2), Robby Albrecht (2), Ryan Dockman, Hauman, Bryce Posner, Mike French, Cooper Bizjak and Alex Bibza. One score was an own goal.
Bibza also praised Nate Maxwell, who had 3 assists. "He had a nice night," he said.