CHICAGO HEIGHTS | What's happening this season for the Bloom Township girls soccer team is something Andreina Hernandez knows doesn't happen every season.
The Blazing Trojans are riding an 11-match winning streak following a 3-0 win Monday at Sarff Field against Illiana Christian, and what's almost as impressive as the Blazing Trojans' win streak is the fact that they haven't given up a goal since their lone loss of the season on April 1.
"This is the year," Hernandez said. "We're doing really good. I think we have a chance at regionals or even farther."
After both teams battle through a physical 60 minutes, Bloom Township (11-1) used three late second-half goals to keep its winning streak alive. In the 63rd minute, Hernandez opened the scoring on a rebound off a Jazmin Aldape free kick. Illiana Christian keeper Mikinsey Pruim was able to get her hands on the kick, but the ball bounced away and Hernandez was there to clean up the loose ball.
"She has a hard shot," Hernandez said of Aldape. "I know that if she hits it and the goalie can't catch it, I have to be there. I knew she would go for the target, I just had to find the rebound."
The Blazing Trojans added their second goal 10 minutes later when Jasmin Villanueva dribbled the ball down the left side of the Illiana Christian defense before shooting the ball into the right corner of the Vikings' goal.
"It was a hard game," Villanueva said. "This year, the team is amazing. This is the best team I've played on, and we lost one, but we're not playing to lose anymore."
Illiana Christian (10-3-2) was able to contain the Bloom offense for much of the match, but were unable to finish its own chances in front of the Bloom goal.
"They were a little better than us," Illiana Christian coach AJ Turkstra said. "I thought this was the most physical and the most talented Bloom team I've seen ever."
The Blazing Trojans added their third goal of the match with 4:46 remaining when Hernandez took a free kick from just outside the Illiana Christian box and drove it into the right upper corner for her second goal of the match.