Girls Soccer: Bolingbrook, Romeoville Finish On Top In RomeoBrook Tournament
The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders swept the field in the RomeoBrook Tournament while the Spartans claimed the runner-up spot by finishing with a 2-1 record.
All is well that ends well as far as the hosts of the RomeoBrook Tournament are concerned.
The Bolingbrook Lady Raiders completed a clean sweep of the field on Saturday with an 8-0 thumping of Eisenhower. Romeoville, meanwhile, rebounded from an opening-night loss to Bolingbrook by knocking off Eisenhower on Thursday and following up with a 3-0 win against Mount Assisi Saturday morning.
With the victory, Bolingbrook begins the season with a 3-0 record, having scored a whopping 18 goals over the stretch, highlighted by a five-score game to open the season against Romeoville and the eight first-half tallies against Eisenhower.
Bolingbrook's defense was no slouch either, allowing only one goal in 240 minutes.
Five different Lady Raiders scored to clinch sole possession of the RomeoBrook Tournament title. Midfielders Brianna Holmes and Karen Quintana each netted two goals, while fellow midfielder Gabby Pontarelli, defenseman Katy Rees and forward Joselyn Padilla picked up Bolingbrook's other scores.
Head coach Martin Uscila said he hopes the season-opening tournament is just a glimpse of what is to come for the rest of the season.
"It is a sign of what we are to be this year. We've got a lot of speed and a lot of depth," Uscila said. "It shows we have a lot of girls who could start for us."
As for the Romeoville Spartans, they were able to right the ship after starting the season on the short end of a 5-1 decision against Bolingbrook. After giving up five goals on opening night, Romeoville's defense tightened up and allowed only one goal in the two games that followed.
In Saturday's 3-1 win, the Spartans were the beneficiaries of a pair of gift goals.
Mayra Moreno was credited with a goal with 3:09 remaining in the first half as Romeoville was able to get a corner kick to the front of the net, putting the pressure on Mount Assisi's defense, which buckled and put in an own goal.
"We came out a little flat. Mornings aren't our best I guess," said Romeoville coach Adele Wallace. "I felt they were better in the second half."
Romeoville was able to extend its lead nearly 10 minutes into the second half when Yasmine Cahue was given credit for another own goal—this one a clearing attempt by Mount Assissi that deflected off one of its players and past its goal keeper.
"As a team, you'd like to have a real goal," said head coach Adele Wallace. "But we've been on the opposite end of those before."
Romeoville would finally put one in the back of the net without the help of the defense as Vicky Arriola scored on a deep strike with 20:22 remaining in the contest.
The score was Arriola's third goal in the last two games.
Mount Assisi avoided the shutout with a late goal, but wouldn't muster any more offense as the Lady Spartans coasted to a victory.