The Aurora boys soccer team met an old friend Thursday evening.
Let’s just say that old friend probably didn’t feel so welcome.
The host Greenmen improved to 7-2 overall with a 3-1 victory over Chesterland West Geauga at Veterans Stadium.
Alex Bibza scored twice and Cooper Bizjak had the other goal for Aurora. Ben Wilson and Hugo Krondorfer each had an assist and Greenmen goalkeeper Jacob French and Ethan Hoff stopped two and three shots, respectively.
Bibza’s first goal took place in the seventh minute.
Dave Beattie scored the lone goal for the Wolverines (6-2) three minutes after Bibza found the net.
Bizjak scored off a free kick from Ben Wilson three minutes later and Bibza scored again from 30 yards away to seal the deal in the 50th minute.
Aurora and West Geauga, which had its six-game winning streak snapped, were once Chagrin Valley Conference rivals.
"West G’s star player, Dave Beattie, was a force in the midfield and the combination of Beattie and Mo Aidja up top had some great combinations," Greenmen head coach Jason Bibza said. "Aurora was able to possess the ball pretty well, but could not break the defensive flat four of West Geauga to get in behind.
"The defense stayed very compact and shifted to the ball side. Aurora got better at switching fields as the game went on and was able to get the weak side winger in running at goal.
"We tried to set things up to get Sean O'Malley free running in from the right side and beating the compact overshift. This was effective and Sean's very good at beating his man on the right side.
"This produced a few quality chances. The boys battled really well. There are still some things we are going to have to clean up before we hit Revere, Highland and Copley. But we are making strides and it's fun to watch."