Brunswick, Ohio – The Brunswick High School Men’s Soccer Team won a share of the Greater Cleveland Conference tonight with a shocking 2-1 result over the state’s third ranked team, Shaker Heights, by the score of 2-1. Brunswick improves to 11-0-2 and 6-0-0 in the GCC. Shaker, who suffered their first loss of the season, drops to 12-1-0 and 5-1-0 in the GCC. Brunswick can win the conference outright in one week at Medina with a win or a draw.
This was the first win in five tries for the Blue Devils versus the Red Raiders. Shaker still owns the historical series between the sided 4-1-0.
The first half produced a stalemate between two strong defensive teams. Up until this point, Shaker has allowed one goal in 12 games and Brunswick had a shutout streak of 649 minutes entering the contest.
In the second half, Brunswick would dominate proceedings but just could not find the back of the the net. On one sequence mid-way through the second half, Brunswick had three clear shots on the goal only to be saved off the line multiple times by Shaker.
Brunswick Head Coach Ben Dotson reflecting on the match…”They were as good as advertised defensively. The were beyond resolute in the way they defended. Even though we were dominating the game in possession, they refused to give in. I literally thought we were going to have the kick a door down to score a goal.”
Shortly there after, on a similar play where Shaker blocked two chances, Brunswick finally had the goal they were looking for from an unlikely hero. Off a set piece and two blocked shots and a scramble, sophomore midfielder Aaron Ogorzaly roofed a rebound into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately that lead was short lived as Shaker would answer quickly. At the 10:44 mark of the second half, Carter Belk scored off a through ball pass from from Andrew Roth to knot the game at one goal piece.
Brunswick could have held for a draw but the team pressed on and found the conference championship clinching goal from a routine short corner kick play. All-GCC midfielder Nick Felician drew a defender and passed the ball to senior captain and defender Ben Clouse who went near post on his shot to beat goalkeeper Gabe Whitlach for the 2-1 advantage.
Moments later, the final whistle blew and Brunswick had clinched a share of the GCC title.
Dotson was extremely proud of his team. “Wow!! What a night for soccer and what a night for Brunswick! Some of our players have been working towards this since their freshman year and to be standing here with a share of the best conference in state, one that produced four sweet 16 teams a year ago is amazing. The boys have worked extremely hard for this and they deserve it!”
Ogorzaly earned Man of the Match Honors for his goal and disruptive defensive play in the midfield.
Coach Dotson thought Ogorzaly played very fantastic. “Aaron was unreal in the middle of the field. I made a change in the line-up for this game due to his defensive qualities and he sure made me look smart, as he continuously broke up possession all night. The goal was a huge added bonus!”
Senior captain and goalkeeper Gavin Leindecker was back in action after a few games off for a injury but earned the win on two saves. Whitlach took the loss despite making five saves.
Brunswick next plays Saturday night versus Division II State Powerhouse Revere, who is currently ranked seventh in the OSSCA Coaches Poll. Kick-off is set for 7:00 pm at Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium.
FOR ADDITIONAL BHS MEN’S SOCCER INFORMATION, please contact Head Coach Ben Dotson via telephone at (330) 273-0496 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For further BHS Athletics Information, please visit the school’s athletics website at www.bluedevilathletics.org.