Girls Soccer: Crete-Monee edges Bloom
Adrianna Vera missed a couple of great chances to tie the game Tuesday night, but Crete-Monee coach Julian Lagunas was confident his freshman would bounce back.
“She was just unlucky,” Lagunas said. “She’s not the type of kid who’d put her head down because of that. She kept fighting and that made the difference for us.”
The Warriors rallied from a 3-1 deficit, with Vera scoring the final two goals, for a 4-3 win over Bloom in a Southland Conference contest in Chicago Heights.
Vera, who had two shots stopped by Bloom goalie Maria Narcisi (5 saves) early in the second half, including one on a breakaway, tied the match at 3 with 12:55 left.
Alyssa LaFevre struck a free kick from midfield to Taylor LaFevre on the right sideline. Taylor’s cross found Vera in the box, and she finished for the tying goal.
Six minutes later, Vera collected a terrific pass from Amanda Baron and fired a shot off the inside of the far post for the game-winner.
“I just kept telling myself, ‘Keep going, don’t stop, you’ll get it again,’ ” Vera said. “It was a really good feeling scoring those.”
The Warriors (8-6-2, 6-0) can clinch at least a share of the conference crown Thursday with a win over Rich Central. Crete-Monee and Bloom (8-5, 5-1) will meet again in a makeup game after the state playoffs.
Erika Garcia scored on a breakaway to give the Blazing Trojans a 3-1 lead with 23 minutes left, but the Warriors did not go away.
“It’s all coaching,” Baron said. “(Lagunas) knows what to tell us. We persevere and we never quit.”
Baron scored her second goal of the game, picking off a clearing attempt and firing a shot while falling to the ground, to make it 3-2 with 21:58 left.
Jazmin Aldape scored twice for Bloom.
Cayla Harden made six saves for the Warriors.
“We’re up 3-1 and we just have to hold them off,” Bloom coach Kelly Guiterrez said. “It comes down to lack of consistency and us making lapses in judgment that cost us the game.”