CRETE | Bloom Township's Jasmin Villanueva has scored plenty of goals in her career and a few game-winners, but this one was special Friday.
Her goal at the 3:01 mark of the second half was the difference as it broke a 1-1 tie as the Blazing Trojans hung on to beat rival Crete-Monee 2-1.
It was a rescheduled game from mid-April.
The win gave both teams a share of the Southland Athletic Conference title. That made it special, but something else did as Villanueva pointed to her toes.
"First time I scored left-footed," Villanueva said. "I usually kick with my right foot, but on that shot I just used my left foot."
Her goal was from the right side and about 30 yards out.
"We really needed this win bad," Villanueva said. "We wanted to at least tie for conference. We knew this would be a tough and close game."
Crete-Monee (9-8-2, 7-1) scored first as Andrianna Vera scored at the 17:11 mark. Bloom (12-5, 7-1) tied it when Andi Hernandez scored with about 5 minutes left in the first half.
"Big for us because we wanted to at least share for conference," Hernandez said. "I am good friends with a lot of their players, played with them in the summer, so it was a big deal to win today."
The game was played during a constant downpour, but Crete's Amanda Baron said that was fine with her.
"It was cool out and it really was perfect soccer weather," Baron said. "I think the rain kept it cool, but the ball did move kind of fast because it was wet."
She said it was a good match.
"Both teams played well, they got a goal and they won," Baron said. "We knew it would be a close one."
Bloom goalie Gina Narcisi had six saves and Crete's Cayla Harden had 11.