For what seems like forever, the Revere boys soccer squad has been one of the best teams in the state.
Pardon Aurora if it might not be particularly impressed.
The Greenmen have defeated the Minutemen three times in the last three years. Their latest conquest took place on their home turf.
Aurora finished 4-2 in the Suburban League American Conference after earning a 3-2 victory over Revere Tuesday at Veterans Stadium.
The Greenmen (10-4) have won three of their last four games against the Minutemen, including the 2017 Kent Division II district title game.
The two teams could meet again in the postseason later this month.
"I’m proud of these guys," Aurora head coach Jason Bibza said. "They played heroically and really executed a good game plan."
Revere struck first in one of the unlikeliest of scenarios. The Greenmen took a corner kick, had it saved and then the Minutemen goalkeeper blasted a punt to the other end of the field.
Revere wound up getting a breakaway and scoring moments later.
It could have been worse.
The Minutemen had two golden opportunities, but Aurora goalie Ethan Hoff made a couple of important saves to prevent more damage from being done.
"Ethan made two remarkable, diving saves that were key," Bibza said. "Revere was dangerous on counterattacks, particularly on corner kicks and long balls from behind."
The Greenmen responded, thanks to another unlikely source.
Sean Fritinger, who hadn’t found the net all season, scored twice in a six-minute span late in the first half to give Aurora a 2-1 lead.
"We’ve been scored on first many times," Bibza said. "It doesn’t seem to rattle them. Sean’s first goal took place off a scrum. He got a touch on it and it deflected off a defender. It was a crazy little play.
"He scored his second goal on a header. He got his goals at a key time. I couldn’t be happier for him."
In the second half, the Greenmen decided to sit back on defense and let the Minutemen come at them. Aurora, playing with a lead, hoped its defensive strategy would lead to a counterattack.
Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.
With 15 minutes left, Jimmy Miller got free on the right side. He sent a pass to Bryson Pozniak in the middle of the field and Pozniak poked the ball off the back post and over the line for a 3-1 Greenmen lead. Pozniak returned to the field after missing some time with a broken toe.
Revere scored its final goal off a corner kick.
"Other than their second goal, they [the Minutemen] didn’t get a shot the rest of the game," Bibza said. "We had a little miscommunication. The keeper thought the defenders were going to get it and the defenders thought the keeper was going to get it. Everybody froze."
Thanks to the win, Aurora could get the top seed in the Kent Division II sectional-district tournament. Why not? The Greenmen have defeated Revere, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy and Chagrin Falls during the season.
And unlike last year, Aurora’s goal-scoring prowess has come from a plethora of athletes.
"We don’t have a 20-goal scorer," Bibza said. "We have lots of guys with five, six goals. It has been evenly distributed. That’s the way good teams function."
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