May 20, 2017
Franklin, WI – Armend Kamberi buried the only goal of the game in the 39’ to stake a claim to all 3 points in Saturday’s PLA matchup. During a scramble near the top of the 18-yard line, Kamberi corralled a loose ball with a perfect first touch switching to his left, then smashing home a bullet to the lower left corner past a diving Robert Marquez (West Aurora HS, Waubonsee CC).
In a game played under sloppy conditions on natural surface it looked as if Aurora may sneak up on the hosts as they enjoyed majority of possession through the first 15-20 minutes. In the 21st minute Chris Freeman made a turn upon receiving a pass and sent a 25-yard laser beam on goal, but the Croatian keeper was up to the task, tipping it over the crossbar.
Both teams were hampered by the conditions and yellow cards, breaking any flow to the game. Center back Devon Amoo-Mensah took his second in the 79’ minute, both on 50/50 balls that many times are not fouls, resulting in a red card ejection. Amoo-Mensah will serve his suspension next weekend at home vs the Madison 56er’s.
Just before that Alan Camarena (Streamwood HS, Waubonsee CC) entered the game and on his first touch of the ball pushed it between two defenders and blasted a 20-yard strike that cruised just north of the crossbar. Aurora pressed nearly everyone forward after and during all 6 minutes of stoppage time, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
“Our organization in the midfield was much improved over our previous game”, said head coach Bret Suhayda. “We put their defense under pressure the entire game but just couldn’t break through with the finish.”
The Borealis offense has been anemic thus far with only 2 goals the first two Premier League of America matches. Fortunately, this year defensive unit has been stout, led by Marquez, Amoo-Mensah, and Art Garza (Naperville Central HS, DePaul).
Aurora returns home this Saturday the 27th to battle Madison 56er’s at the Ohio Moose Sports Complex on the campus of Mooseheart School at 730 pm.