CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Bloom Township coach Kelly Gutierrez is happy with what she's seeing out of her team at this point in the season.
Bloom Township blanked rival Crete-Monee 2-0 Tuesday at Sarff Field.
The Blazing Trojans used two first-half goals to pick up the win and improve to 6-0 in Southland Athletic Conference play. Ricardo Aldape and Juan Elizalde both scored for the Blazing Trojans.
"I like what I'm seeing with the team," Gutierrez said. "We get a lot of ball movement. They're controlling the ball, and they're controlling the tempo of the game."
With 19:33 remaining in the first half and the Blazing Trojans (11-4-2, 6-0) in control, Aldape scored the first goal on a cross from teammate Heriberto Gomez.
"We're passing the ball good and we're doing everything good," Aldape said. "When the goals are there, we're scoring. We're just a good group of guys playing together."
Just 11 minutes later, Jose Sanchez sent a shot on net and after Crete-Monee keeper Brandon Hannigan initially blocked the shot, Elizalde was there to finish off the deflection and put it in the back of the net.
"It was kind of right place at the right time," Elizalde said. "I saw (Sanchez) shoot the ball, and I saw the goalie didn't grab it, and I just went and put it in."
Crete-Monee came out with more energy in the second half, and despite hitting the post twice, the Warriors were unable to find a goal. Hannigan finished the game with 12 saves for the Warriors and was able to give Crete-Monee a chance in the second half.
"The key to the second half was just try to get one," Crete-Monee coach Julian Lagunas said. "All we wanted to do was get one and get some momentum going. I think one goal would have made that happen. We just couldn't get one in.
"The credit goes to their defense."
With Crete-Monee's starting keeper lost to grades, Hannigan has been a nice addition for the Warriors, and the baseball transfer has a fan in Lagunas.
"With (Bloom's) kind of offense, he was going to have a busy day," Lagunas said. "He did everything he had to do to keep us in the game. Never played soccer before, how do you like that? He's been very consistent."
After the win and with an undefeated record in SAC play, Bloom is in the driver's seat to pick up another conference title.
"It's usually the biggest rival in the conference," Gutierrez said of Crete-Monee. "Not to put down the other schools, it just seems the two of us seem to be battling, boys and girls, for this conference title."