Boys Soccer: Lincoln-Way East blanks Bloom
By Logan Malloy For Sun-Times Media September 19, 2013 9:46PM
Updated: September 19, 2013 10:23PM
It was a busy night for Sean McGovern.
The Lincoln-Way East goalie derailed a dynamic Bloom offense Thursday to set the school record for career shutouts.
McGovern made 11 saves and East downed visiting Bloom 4-0 in a Lincoln-Way Invitational semifinal. It was the 14th shutout of McGovern’s career, and also the first time Bloom has been blanked this season.
The win sends East (5-2-1) to the championship match, scheduled for Saturday against Lincoln-Way West.
“I’m happy I set it in a game like this. It was a good game,” McGovern said. “We’ve got some good freshman goalies, so I’ve got to get a few more.”
McGovern thwarted nine shots in the first half as Bloom controlled the time of possession behind smooth ball skills from Jose Segoviano and Ricardo Aldape.
“That was one of his best performance,” East coach Ryan Decker said. “He was stellar back there.”
McGovern’s two stops in the second half included a bullet fired by Segoviano from 10 yards out.
“(McGovern) is the man,” East midfielder Sean Sibley said.
Sibley wasn’t too shabby, either. The senior opened the scoring when his header found the back of the net midway through the first half. Austin Jenig got the assist.
“You’ve got to take advantage of the chances you get,” Sibley said. “You don’t want them hanging around. If you’ve got a chance to find the back of the net, bury it.”
Bryan Dillberg added to the lead a little more than 10 minutes later when his kick caromed over Bloom goalkeeper Vicente Herrera for a 2-0 advantage.
Sibley got in on the scoring again in the second half when he assisted on a goal by Alan Hernandez.
Bloom (8-3), which lost to East in a regional final last season, hopes to find a catalyst to its attack.
“We hit a little bit of a dry spell here with our goal scoring,” Bloom coach Kelly Gutierrez said. “I can’t complain about anything because the guys are doing what we ask, but the goals just aren’t falling for us.”