STREETSBORO - They reached their first district title game in a half-dozen years and they captured the Suburban League American Conference title.
But there was one blemish on the Greenmen’s stellar 2018 season.
They couldn’t solve the riddle known as Revere.
Third-seeded Aurora’s season came to a heartbreaking end after losing to the top-seeded Minutemen 1-0 in a penalty-kick shootout.
The Kent Division I district final contest took place Thursday at Rockets Stadium in Streetsboro.
The Greenmen missed two kicks in the shootout and Revere sophomore defender Taylor Kenna put it away by burying the final penalty kick into the left corner of the net.
Aurora, which reached a district final for the first time since 2012, finished 11-5-3.
"Obviously, we’re disappointed," Greenmen second-year head coach Bo Wilson said. "I know they’re not happy. That’s a horrible way to go off. But I couldn’t be more proud of them."
The Minutemen (11-3-5) also defeated Aurora 2-0 last month. The Greenmen missed their first two penalty kicks in the shootout.
Sophomore midfielder Adison Novosel, freshman midfielder Anna Clarke and senior midfielder Julia Effinger each converted their kicks for Revere.
Senior Sarah Nemeth, junior Ally Devins and freshman Sam Stern found the net for the Greenmen.
"Two of our girls who took PKs were hurting," Wilson said.
Prior to the shootout, it was a defensive struggle as both teams had a knack for getting in front of shots from long range or inside the box.
Aurora sophomore Morgan Demagall made a couple of spectacular diving saves on hard shots that could have decided the outcome before the shootout.
"Morgan Demagall was phenomenal," Wilson said. "That’s what I said to her ... ‘You stopped three on the line. We’re not even in overtime if not for you.’"
Having its top offensive threat play limited minutes didn’t help matters either for Aurora.
Burick, the team’s leading scorer during the last two years, suffered an injury and was forced to the sideline for long stretches of the game.
Burick, who has battled back and hip injuries over the last two seasons, missed much of the second overtime period before returning to the field in the final minutes.
"She’s our top PK shooter," Wilson said.
At one point, the Greenmen were 0-2-2 and appeared to be on the verge for a difficult season.
But they turned it around and wound up earning a share of the American Conference title with Copley.
"We wanted to go far in playoffs and we wanted to win the league," Wilson said. "We were co-champions. We got to the district championship. We wanted to go further, but I’m happy with it."
Aurora’s lone conference loss was, appropriately, against the Minutemen. Revere converted two free kicks when the two teams met Sept. 25 at Veterans Stadium.
"They’re fast and they bring that hard switch down the side," Wilson said of the Minutemen. "Our girls are fast, but their girls are as fast as us. They’re deep up top and on the defensive end.
"They have phenomenal athletes everywhere on the field. There’s not a weak link on that team."
Wilson said goodbye to Nemeth, Burick and senior classmates Carly Obly, Alena Paul, Nicole Doemling, Abbey Byard, Emily Byard, Megha Girn, Maya Girn, Jodi Obly, Sydney Trem and Sami Richards.
"Their leadership has been phenomenal all year," Wilson said. "They leave it all on the field. From top to bottom, that’s a great class.
"I like how they took all the younger girls under their wing. We start five, six seniors, but the rest are underclassmen. They built something special."
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