CHICAGO HEIGHTS | Crete-Monee freshman Adrianna Vera has a motor that wasn't going to stop and let her Warriors lose.
Down 3-1 in the second half Tuesday, the Warriors scored three unanswered goals to defeat Southland Athletic Conference rival Bloom Township 4-3 and improve to 6-0 in SAC play.
Vera scored the game-tying and game-winning goals in the final 13 minutes of play to give the Warriors the win.
"I knew it was going to be a hard game," Vera said. "We just couldn't stop. The adrenaline was rushing and we couldn't stop. I just kept telling myself, 'keep going, don't stop.'''
With the game tied 1-1 at the half, Bloom Township (9-5, 5-1) used goals by Jazmin Aldape and Erika Garcia to take a 3-1 lead.
Aldape's goal came 6 1/2 minutes into the second half, and Garcia's goal came with 23 minutes remaining in the match.
"I'm frustrated and disappointed," Bloom coach Kelly Gutierrez said. "Crete's a good team. We knew it was going to be rough. We knew it wasn't going to be simple."
Despite being down two, Crete-Monee (8-6-2, 6-0) failed to panic and found itself back in the game when senior captain Amanda Baron found the back of the net just one minute after the Garcia goal.
"Even though it was 3-1, I still thought they might get another one," Warriors coach Julian Lagunas said. "They weren't staying complacent at all, and they were coming down the field.
"Adrianna came back and kept fighting and kept fighting, and as a result of her hard work and fighting, she put it away and put us back where we needed to be."
After Baron's goal cut the Bloom lead in half at 3-2, Vera took care of the rest, and her two goals quickly turned the tide of the match and quickly changed the conference outlook in favor of the Warriors.
"I just kept telling myself we can't give in," Vera said. "I know a couple girls on Bloom, so it kind of motivated me to show what I can do."
With the win, the Warriors took the driver's seat for the Southland Athletic Conference crown, but will have to face the Blazing Trojans one more time before they can wrap up the conference.
"We still have to see them at our house," Lagunas said. "That's still far away from now as a result of cancelling the game. We feel good about going home and being up one game."