By TR HARLAN
All it took was an opportunity, the calming of nerves and the same shot you've always hit.
That was the formula for Shauna Foor and the Chesterton
girls soccer team as they picked up a shootout victory over Valparaiso in the
Portage Regional Wednesday night.
Chesterton will face off against Lake
Central at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in
Valparaiso in the IHSAA Semistate.
"I'm overcome by emotion and just very excited," Chesterton coach Kim Poppo said.
"You hate for any team to lose that way. Valpo really came out strong and
played their hearts out."
After the first five rounds of shootout ended tied at three, Valparaiso's Stephanie Fisher fired a
shot off the post to put the title on Foor's foot.
forward calmly tucked the ball inside the left post for the game-winner.
"I tried to stay as calm as I could and block out the audience
and everything going on," Foor said. "I wanted to envision the left spot on
the ground. I kick it in the same spot every time."
"Shauna is so consistent in practice," Poppo said. "We told her just to stick with her normal routine. We thought about putting
her in the top five and didn't, but she came through for us."
"I kind of wished I was out there for the first five, but when it was time to
go, you just had to concentrate and hit your shot," Foor said.
Valparaiso scored the
only goal of the first half when Fisher sent a ball in front of the goal off
a restart from 45 yards out that found the foot of Kate Johnson.
Chesterton evened the score at the 25:29 mark of the second half when Annie
Thieling's corner kick found the head of Kate McCusker.
"They had two people on Kate the whole game," Poppo said. "I think she got
frustrated sometimes, but she played hard and kept on battling."
Valparaiso took the lead with 16:45 to play when
Johnson took a pass from Anneliese Trapp and put it inside the left post for
a 2-1 lead.
Catherine Pannekoek tied the score with her left foot after
carrying the ball down the sideline and putting the ball into the upper left
90 past Valpo goalkeeper Sarah Fisher.
"Catherine is such a sparkplug out there," Poppo said. "She really turned up
her energy tonight when we needed it."
The Trojans had two
chances to win the game in regulation when Pannekoek hit the post with 7:02
to play. Ashton Balch also missed just high with 1:07 to play.
"Kate, Catherine, Ashton (Balch)
and Shauna work so well together up top,"
Poppo said. "We' ve really been working on them playing the ball off of each
other, so that if teams do double Kate somebody' s there."
The Vikings took the lead with 3:25 to play in the
first overtime when Trapp got behind Chesterton goalkeeper Megan Behrendt and
fired a shot toward the net. Trojan senior Paige Kadish was in the way and
got called for a handball that gave Valpo a penalty kick and Kadish a red
"By the rule book it is a red card," Poppo said. "It wasn't an
intentional hand ball. She was protecting herself. By the rule book it' s
correct, but not one you' re happy with."
Kacie Marshall put the
penalty kick in for a 3-2 Valpo lead.
"With 10 minutes left in overtime, to be down a goal and a player and come
back to win is incredible,"
Poppo said. "We played with a lot of heart those last 10 minutes."
At the 6:12 mark of the second overtime, McCusker carried the ball down
the right sideline and crossed the ball to Pannekoek for the game-tying goal.
"Kate and I play really well together," Pannekoek said. "We
know where the other one is going to be. We' ve
been in this position before. We knew we could beat Valpo."
the shootout, the Trojans got goals by Lauren Seawright, Pannekoek and
McCusker to force the sudden death.
Chesterton 3, Valparaiso 3
(Chesterton wins 4-3 on
Valparaiso -- Kate Johnson 2 goals; Kacie Marshal 1 assist; Stephanie Fisher
2 assists; Sarah Fisher 6 saves.
Chesterton -- Catherine Pannekoek 2
goals; Kate McCusker 1 goal; Annie Thieling 1 assist; Megan Behrendt 5
Records -- Chesterton 13-6, Valparaiso 7-10-1.