Boys Soccer: Marian Catholic, T.F. United to meet in Windy City Ram Classic final
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 4, 2013 9:18PM
Updated: October 7, 2013 12:50PM
Beating crosstown rival Bloom always is a great feeling for Marian Catholic.
Doing it with a trip to Toyota Park on the line? That’s even sweeter.
“We have bragging rights now,” Marian’s Alec Guarino said. “They can’t talk anymore. It feels good.”
Guarino continued to romp through the Windy City Ram Classic, scoring both Spartans goals to increase his season total to eight and Chris Taborn made eight saves as Marian topped Bloom 2-1 in a semifinal at Reavis.
The Spartans (5-0) will meet T.F. United in the championship match at 2 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Park.
On the game-winner, Bloom (3-1) somehow left Guarino open on a corner kick. The junior forward started well outside the box then sneaked forward, took Liam Fagan’s cross at the top of the box and fired it home with 21:07 to play.
“That was a set play that I usually get an open shot out of,” Guarino said. “I got an open shot and I took it.
Marian (5-0) struck first on a terrific individual effort from Guarino in the 14th minute, but Bloom controlled most of the first half and drew even when Ricardo Aldape scored off a Juan Elizalde assist with 8:13 left before the break.
The Blazing Trojans put seven shots on goal to Marian’s one in the first half, but were denied by Taborn.
The Spartans picked up their defense in the second half, holding Bloom to two shots.
“Bloom is the best team we’ve played. We were giving them a lot of open space in the first half and I told our team to put more pressure on,” Marian coach Nasser Shahtaji said. “The kids listened.”
T.F. United 3, Solorio 2: T.F. United (4-0) played a man down for the last 11:15 and saw its 2-1 lead vanish when Damien Selgado scored for Solorio (3-1) with 6:49 left.
Jose Sandoval, though, headed home Daniel Stellfox’s cross with 1:45 to go for the game-winner.
“We were trying not to put our heads down,” said Sandoval, who had two goals. “We ended up with a quick breakaway and I just had to finish it. It’s every soccer player’s dream to play at a pro stadium. It means a lot.”
Ray Kobus had a goal and assist for United. Solorio got a goal from Edwin Martinez.