The more things change, the more they stay the same.
At least that seems to be the philosophy of Chesterton girls soccer coach
David Galloway as the 2012 season begins tonight at Michigan City.
“I’m very optimistic about this season because of the returning senior and
junior group, along with some freshman and sophomores that can help us,”
Galloway said. “We’ll continue the Chesterton soccer tradition. We expect
every year to challenge for the top spot in the area and the Duneland
The calling card of this Trojan team may be in the defensive third where
Chesterton returns a core group of defenders, including goalkeeper Alex
“Defensively, I think we’ll be very good with Alex Bucko in goal,” Galloway
said. “She’ll do a solid job for us and in front of her we return Angie Jeka,
Ciera Brown and a move-in Sara Tumbas. Kristin Mabry will see some time
there and a couple of other kids too.”
The Trojans offense could be a problem as they try to replace 40 goals.
“I think the problem is trying to replace the almost 40 goals we lost from
last year,” Galloway said. “Bridget Brendza is obviously going to be
significant force for us this year. She’s actually picked up right where she
left off last year and may even be more dangerous. She’ll be marked a little
bit more than last year and utilize her speed and talent.
“Nikki Kollar, Dayna Gallo along with midfielders Elizabeth Benson, Madisyn
Coudriet, Bethany Molnar can all help us take care of that hopefully.”
The Trojans should also get help from speedsters (sophomore) Tia Peters and
(senior) Claire Brady.
“Tia Peters is a sophomore I’m expecting good things from,” Galloway said.
“She certainly could help us out. Claire Brady has great speed and we’re
looking for a place to utilize that.”
Chesterton will field a varsity team of 16 on opening night, but that number
will grow as the season goes on thanks to a talented freshman and sophomore
“There are some freshman and sophomores we have that have been playing the
game for quite a while and are pretty talented,” Galloway said. “We’ve got
16 field players on the varsity and 24-25 kids on the JV. At some point,
some of those JV kids will be moved up just because of numbers. It’s hard to
believe you can go through a schedule like we have without getting beat up a
“We’ll need some of those other kids.”
The Trojans will find out right away just where they stand. After facing the
Wolves tonight, they head to South Bend for the St. Joe Indian Invitational
on Friday and Saturday where they will face Hamilton Southeastern, Carmel
and Mishawaka Marian.
“We will find out in the first week of the season how good we are,” Galloway