Bolingbrook crowned Windy City Ram Classic champ

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Bolingbrook’s Luis Flores had his first shot stopped by Lincoln-Way North goalie Niko Mavrogiannis.

His second shot was cleared deep in the box by a North defender.

Shots three and four were clean.

Sparked by two first-half Flores goals, Bolingbrook rolled to a 4-0 victory Sunday over Lincoln-Way North at Toyota Park in Bridgeview to claim the Windy City Ram Classic championship.

“The group of guys we have this year, we’re very close,” Flores said. “We grew up together, so we know where we are. We push each other every day, because we know this can be something special.”

Flores was named tournament MVP.

Bolingbrook (7-1-1) rolled through the 16-team tournament, outscoring its five opponents 18-3.

“We want to take it to everybody, to be an attacking team,” Bolingbrook coach Jamie Clemmons said. “We want to make other teams stop us from scoring, not just ‘maybe we’ll score.’ Play high pressure and eventually teams will break down.”

That was the case Sunday as the Raiders immediately went on the offensive. Bolingbrook had six different scoring opportunities in the first 11 minutes, Mavrogiannis making one save after another.

Flores finally broke through, on an assist from Jorge Navas, going to the far post for the score with 15:09 remaining in the half.

The junior forward connected again six minutes later on a beautiful header again to the far post past Mavrogiannis, with Erick Gonzalez getting an assist.

“When we see blood, we keep going until we get our outcome (goals),” Flores said. “Coach told us to put the ball in the corner. We did it, and that’s where the goals came from.”

Navas and Juan Alcantara added second-half goals for Bolingbrook with Tyler Elmore assisting on each.

Goalie Colin Magdziarz made four saves to record the shutout.

Mavrogiannis finished with eight saves for North (5-1-2) and was named the tournament’s top goalkeeper.

“It was fun, but you can only have so much fun unless you get the results,” Mavrogiannis said. “It was tough, giving up four goals and not keeping it close. (The loss) can help us learn. It’s our first loss, and now we know how it feels. We don’t want to feel it again.”

The Phoenix had several first-half chances to score, the best opportunity coming on a Ruben Sanchez missile from almost 40 yards out. Magdziarz was able to corral the ball.

North has matched its win total from 2013. So what’s next?

“It’s a learning experience, and we’ll get better,” North coach Mike Murphy said. “We have a decision now: Do we let this game define our season? No, we have to learn from it. Bolingbrook was better than us, so give them credit.”

In the consolation championship, Bloom defeated Joliet West 3-0. Aaron Reyes, Mark Mendoza and Alex Segoviano were the goal scorers. Jose Rodriguez earned the shutout.

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