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East Aurora stays perfect with Class A-2 Final rout of Starpoint

In a season of dominance, perhaps the toughest challenge for the East Aurora High School boys soccer team was against rival Starpoint. In the second match up of the two teams this season, the Blue Devils got all they could handle from the rival Spartans before escaping with a one-goal win.

No such drama in the postseason. Top-seeded East Aurora dominated second-seed Starpoint from start to finish and coasted to an impressive 6-0 win in the Class A-2 Section VI championship game on Thursday at Sweet Home High School.

“We’ve really progressed as the season has gone on,” said EA midfielder Jack Bean, who scored a goal and added two assists in the win. “We’ve really built into our style of play, working the ball around. I didn’t expect it to be that big of a win, but I was confident in our ability.”

The Blue Devils will play Grand Island on Wednesday at Sweet Home for the overall Class A championship. The top-seed Vikings rolled to a 7-1 win over No. 7 seed Kenmore West in Thursday’s Class A-1 title tilt.

East Aurora won a sectional title for the third time in four seasons and moved to 19-0 on the season has outscored opponents 70-2. The Blue Devils have won each of their last seven games by at least four goals.  East Aurora, ranked second in New York State, won its three Class A-2 tournament games by a combined 10-0.

“We’re just clicking,” said senior Bryce Schiltz, who leads the team with 26 goals. “We play as a level. Everyone off the bench contributes; we’re all just a unit. Everything is working for us this year.”

Just four of East Aurora’s 19 victories have been by one goal. One such contest happened on Aug. 31 in Pendleton. Starpoint kept the high-powered Blue Devils off the board until the 74th minute when Schlitz scored from Bean.

Josh Bean got things started much earlier on Thursday, finding the net in the 12th minute and Johnathon Putney added another three minutes later.  Alex Baase and Dennis Ryan also scored for East Aurora in the first half and Schmitz and Jack Bean scored in the second half.

“They’re definitely a tough team and they showed it today,” Starpoint coach Zach Trunzo after his team’s season ended at 12-6-1. “But today, we just weren’t at our best. We had probably one of the weakest games we’ve had all year and unfortunately it was bad timing. Hat’s off to them, they played a helluva game and I expect them to do big things.”

Grand Island will enter Wednesday’s championship game at 13-3-3. David Bilek scored four goals, while Conner Hutton, John Griffin and Luke Ailinger also scored for the Vikings in the Class A-1 championship game.

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