Boys Soccer: Bremen blanks Lemont 1-0
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media September 17, 2013 8:48PM
Updated: September 17, 2013 9:56PM
Distributing the ball from his midfield position, Bremen’s Jesus Guzman set his teammates up with some golden chances Tuesday. The Braves, though, were struggling to finish.
So when Guzman got an opportunity to rip a shot of his own early in the second half, he knew it was his chance to knock off rival Lemont.
“There’s that moment where everything goes silent,” Guzman said. “You know it’s your chance and you have to score to win.”
Guzman seized the opportunity, scoring the only goal in the Braves’ 1-0 win in a key South Suburban Blue tilt in Midlothian.
The play began with Christian Lopez chipping a pass into the box, from where Alejandro Mendez played the ball off his chest. He slipped it to Guzman, who was moving down the center of the box and ripped a laser past Lemont goalie Connor Koehler with 29:10 left.
Guzman, an All-Area defender last season, then dropped back into a defensive role to help the Braves (5-2, 3-0) hold off the Indians (3-5-3, 2-1) the rest of the way.
Despite the Braves’ 10-2 advantage in shots on goal, Lemont stayed close thanks in large part to Koehler, who made nine saves.
“Connor was the bright spot,” Lemont coach Rick Prangen said. “He played a great game. Other than that, Bremen outplayed us an outworked us in every facet of the game. They demonstrated a lot more desire than we did.”
Lemont’s best chance to score came in the 16th minute, when Roy Delatore broke into the box on a counterattack. Bremen goalkeeper Emmanuel Esparza (2 saves) came out of the net to break up the chance, and Delatore’s shot off the rebound went off the side of the net.
Bremen’s back line of Christian Paredes, Rafael Mejia and Ricardo Avalos stepped up huge the rest of the way.
“Lemont’s a big rival,” Mendez said. “We were tired of going to shootouts and overtime with them. As a senior, this means a lot.”