Girls Soccer: Lincoln-Way West runs past Bloom
By Steve Millar For Sun-Times Media April 1, 2014 9:18PM
Updated: May 3, 2014 6:32AM
With three freshmen and three sophomores in the starting lineup, Lincoln-Way West is younger than just about any opponent it will play this season.
What the Warriors lack in experience, though, they certainly make up for with talent.
“I’m really happy with how we’ve played so far,” West sophomore Brianna Heyer said. “We’re matching up with all these seniors on other teams and doing a great job against them.”
West continued its fast start Tuesday night as Natalie Tannura recorded a hat trick, Heyer added two goals and the Warriors rolled to a 6-2 win over Bloom in New Lenox.
Brianna Darlege also scored for West (4-1). Tannura, playing for the first time this season, added an assist and Meghann Lange dished out three assists.
Andreina Hernandez scored twice for Bloom (0-1).
The Warriors pulled away early with three goals in a span of less than four minutes. The first was a thing of beauty in the 11th minute as Lange took a throw-in and found Tannura in the middle of the box, from where she slipped a quick pass to Heyer for a tap-in into an open net.
“Me and Bri work on that a lot at practice,” Tannura said. “We have a nice chemistry now after playing together last year.
“I was really excited to play. I’ve been waiting so long.”
Darlage found herself open off a Lange pass and finished to make it 2-0 before Tannura blasted her first goal of the night, firing a laser that went off the hands of Bloom goalie Maria Narcisi (6 saves) and in.
Tannura scored again before Hernandez got the Blazing Trojans on the board, scoring on a penalty kick after West was called for a handball in the box.
Heyer headed home a Lange cross off a corner kick to make it 5-1 at the half.
“It kind of got away from us in a hurry,” Bloom coach Kelly Gutierrez said. “Once we settled in, I thought we played a much better second half. We got that ‘Oh, my gosh, it’s our first game’ out of our system. We had some slip-ups defensively, but we created a lot of opportunities on offense.”
Audrey Pearson made five saves for the Warriors.