BURBANK | Marian Catholic goalie Chris Taborn and the Spartans defense have yet to give up a goal in 2013.
With defense like that, it doesn't take much for the Spartans to keep winning.
Marian Catholic did just that at the quarterfinals of the Windy City/Ram Classic at Reavis High School on Tuesday. The Spartans beat Fenwick 2-0 on two Alec Guarino goals. Taborn recorded five saves in the match and picked up his fourth shutout in as many games.
"I can't take credit for it," Taborn said of the four shutouts. "It's my defense. They're playing great. The team is overly aggressive, which I love about them, and they don't put all the pressure on me."
Guarino found the back of the net in less than 10 minutes for the Spartans, and it was all the offense the Marian Catholic defense would need.
"I went back post because I figured it would go over the defenders," Guarino said of his first goal. "It did, and our players kind of shielded them off and it came right to me."
Guarino picked up his second goal of the match less than three minutes into the second half, and the Spartans (4-0) were able to hold off an aggressive Fenwick (2-1) team the remainder of the game. Guarino now has six goals for the Spartans (4-0) in four games.
"We haven't even given up a goal yet," Guarino said. "So that's looking really good on the defense. It's good going into a game with a head start, already up 1-0 early like that."
The Spartans will move on to face Bloom Township, which beat Kennedy 3-2.
Ricky Aldape, Cesar Flores and Juan Elizalde each scored for the Blazing Trojans (3-0).
Aldape also had two assists and Vicente Herrera had six saves.
Thornton Fractional will face Eric Solorio at 5 p.m. today in the first semifinal, with the Bloom Township/Marian Catholic match will follow. The winners will play at 2 p.m. Sunday at Toyota Park for the championship.
"Defensively, we're going to have to come out like we did tonight," Taborn said of matchup against Bloom. "Just no goals. Try to get another shutout."
The 2013 season is the first time the Spartans have started 4-0 since coach Nasser Shahtaji came to the program in 2002, and Shahtaji is happy with the way his players are battling until the end of every match.
"It's been four good wins for us against four quality teams," Shahtaji said. "The kids have earned it. They've had to fight until the last seconds."