Steve Millar’s boys soccer notes

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Bloom’s season got off to a disappointing start with a loss to Fenwick in the first round of the Windy City Ram Classic.

The tournament, though, would go on for the Blazing Trojans and there was still plenty to play for. The 32-team event’s consolation championship would be played at Toyota Park, providing all the motivation Bloom needed.

“Getting to Toyota Park is always the goal,” Bloom coach Kelly Gutierrez said. “Now that the consolation championship is played there, too, it definitely makes those consolation games more exciting for the kids.”

Bloom rebounded to march through the consolation bracket with wins over U-High, Homewood-Flossmoor and Eisenhower, earning a spot in Sunday’s consolation championship versus Joliet West.

The Blazing Trojans won that 3-0 as Aaron Reyes, Mark Mendoza and Alex Segoviano all got to experience the thrill of scoring in a professional stadium.

“It’s always exciting to getting to play there and even better to win,” Gutierrez said.

Bloom is 5-3-1 overall, all three of its losses coming by one goal.

“To be honest, we were hoping to have a better record,” Gutierrez said. “We’re not getting blown out, though. We’ve been competitive in every game and we’re confident we can compete with good teams.”

The Blazing Trojans have a nice mix of youth and experience with senior captain Mendoza, sophomore Segoviano and freshman Tony Aldape leading the way.

Reavis rolling

Reavis dropped two of its first three games and quickly exited the Windy City Ram Classic tournament it hosts.

Since then, the Rams have put it together, going 4-0-1. Last week was particularly strong as Reavis beat Bloom and Marian Catholic and tied Lincoln-Way North.

The Rams won their pool in the Lincoln-Way Tournament and will play Ram Classic champion Bolingbrook in Thursday’s semifinals.

“It’s definitely exciting to get to the semifinals of that tournament because there are some really good teams in it,” Reavis coach Bob Morack said.

“We’ve been playing good soccer lately.”

In addition, Reavis earned a huge conference win Monday over Shepard, the team it shared the South Suburban Red title in 2013

Koehler comes up big

Lemont goalkeeper Connor Koehler had a big game Saturday against Naperville Central, recording nine saves as the Indians pulled out a scoreless draw against a RedHawks squad that finished third in the state last year.

It was a nice bounce-back performance for Lemont, which lost in a shootout to Eisenhower its previous game.

Player of the Week

Michael McLaughlin, of St. Laurence, is the SouthtownStar Boys Soccer Player of the Week.

McLaughlin, a senior forward, had two goals in the Vikings’ first win over Brother Rice since 1984. He added four goals and an assist in a victory over Bishop McNamara and scored in a tie with Stagg.

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