BRUNSWICK — Coming into the season, coach Ben Dotson was curious to see the mettle of his 2017 Brunswick boys soccer team. What he found was a squad not ready to give back the Greater Cleveland Conference title.
With a 4-0 win over Elyria on Tuesday, Brunswick wrapped up the outright league title for the second year in a row. The fourth in program history is one the Blue Devils (9-3-2, 6-0) won’t soon forget.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Dotson said. “Our kids played with that chip on their shoulder. They knew that not many teams respected them. They went out and they grinded and they battled and came out on top, and that shows a lot about who they are as people.”
With the win over the Pioneers (7-5-1, 2-4), the Blue Devils extended their league unbeaten streak to 13 games, with only Mentor (3-9, 2-4) standing in the way of No. 14.
Brunswick’s goal is to finish the GCC unscathed, so expect the Devils to come out with fervor next week.
“It means a lot to us and the program,” midfielder Nick Felician said. “We busted our butts since last year. People thought it was going to be a rebuild year and a bad year for us, but we proved them wrong. I’m glad we could do it.”
Playing in their last regular-season home game on senior night, the 12th-graders made sure those in attendance left with a memory.
Felician came in smoking hot and stayed on fire with a goal off a short corner pass from Antonio Demonte. The goal by Felician, who has 12 goals in the last four games, gave Brunswick the lead and calmed some nerves.
“It brought our confidence level up,” Blue Devils defender Sean Tarbuck said. “He gets us motivated. When he does well, everyone does well and everyone plays well together.”
Felician added to the fun when he assisted on Tarbuck’s first career goal with 32:04 left. Felician then scored on a penalty kick with 18:27 to go. Cole Parete rounded out the scoring five minutes later on a pass from Demonte.
After that, keepers Gavyn Ernst and Michael Lung and the quartet of Aaron Ogorzaly, Kyle Wolf, Tarbuck and Nate Bohrer kept Elyria from penetrating as the Blue Devils walked out of Brunswick Auto Mart Stadium with their second straight league shutout.
“A lot of it comes down to the grit and determination of Kyle Wolfe and Aaron Ogorzaly,” Dotson said. “They set the tone for us. They’re tough, tenacious players that don’t take anything from anybody.”
The Brunswick junior varsity topped Elyria 7-0. Jake Delrio scored twice.
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Brunswick 4, Elyria 0
BRUNSWICK 1 3 — 4
ELYRIA 0 0 — 0
B — Nick Felician (Antonio Demonte), 15:57.
B — Sean Tarbuck (Felician), 32:04.
B — Felician (penalty kick), 18:27.
B — Cole Parete (Demonte), 13:09.
Shots on goal — Elyria 4, Brunswick 11. Corner kicks — Elyria 1, Brunswick 5. Saves — Sebastian Delcorral (E) 7, Gavyn Ernst (B) 3, Michael Lung (B) 1. Records — Brunswick (9-3-2, 6-0), Elyria (7-5-1, 2-4). Junior varsity — Brunswick 7, Elyria 0.