CALUMET CITY | Considering his girls are on spring break, T.F. United coach Alejandro Lagunas thought his team might lose a little bit of focus at Thursday's South Suburban Blue match against Bremen. After a quick pregame chat, the United got down to business and came out focused on the way to an 8-1 win over Bremen.
"At first we came out, and we weren't really ready to go," Lagunas said. "We had a little talk with them, and they realized that this is a conference game, and I think they kind of buckled down and got ready to play."
Freshman Nicole Vega continued her strong offensive start to the season and scored five goals in the match, while teammate Debo Akinsanya scored two. The United scored seven first half goals and took a 7-0 lead into the half. In a time shortened second half, Akinsanya added her second goal of the match.
"The time we're spending together is making our play way better," Akinsanya said. "We're starting to trust each other too."
The United (7-2, 2-1) had defeated Bremen 5-2 earlier in the season at the Reavis Ram Classic, and the prior match gave Thornton Fractional a better idea of what to expect the second time around. Senior Andrea Munoz also added one goal and one assist for Thornton Fractional. United keeper Riley Barnum recorded five saves.
"We kind of were used to what they do," Vega said of Bremen. "I'm not going to say that it got easier, but we were more familiar with them."
Akinsanya said that it was hard to get ready for the match, considering that the team is out of school. But once the game began, the United were ready to play.
"It is hard because we are on spring break," Akinsanya said. "But once it comes down to game time, we really focus in."