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Another shutout for CHS Boys Soccer in Regional Finals

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Lucas Sabedra doesn’t care if it’s pretty.

“They don’t write down 2-0 pretty,” Sabedra said. “They just write down 2-0.”

The Chesterton boys soccer team won the IHSAA Goshen Regional title with a 2-0 victory over Munster on Saturday night.

“We started really strong with possession and had a lot of opportunities in the first half,” Sabedra said. “We came in at halftime and talked about having to come out strong and aggressive and find a way to score. We needed to find the hunger to get into the final 18 and put one away.”

Josh Wadowski finally got the Trojans on the scoreboard and he took a pass from Ryan O’Dell with 22:13 left to play for a 1-0 CHS lead.

“The first goal wasn’t pretty, but it was exactly what we talked about,” Sabedra said. “Sometimes you have to throw your whole body on the line to get the ball across the line. Josh did that. Ryan did a good job of staying with it and sometimes you just have to grind it out.”

For Wadowski, it was his ninth goal of the year.

“Josh has played all over the place for us this year,” Sabedra said. “He’s got such great potential and dynamic to score goals, but he’s a great defender too. We’re finding in the offensive end now that the post-season is ongoing and that’s big for us.”

Things remained that way until the final 5:04 when Liam Grimes found himself all alone with the ball just inside the 18 and burled the ball inside the right post to set the final score.

“We needed to connect the dots more and use the whole field,” Sabedra said. “That’s what happened on the second goal. It created a giant gap for Liam to get open in the middle. That’s something we have to keep doing.”

Munster tried to mount a late charge, but senior goalkeeper Charlie Eaton recorded eight saves on the night for his second shutout of the day.

“I think we’re seeing a post-season Charlie that is all business,” Sabedra said. “He’s covering all his angles and doing everything he needs to do as our goalie. Even when we make mistakes in the back, we know we have a security blanket back there to save the day.”

In the semifinals, the Trojans beat Plymouth 2-0.

Zack Bowser and Gage Torres scored goals in the victory and Nick Biel dished out a pair of assists.

“When you give up zero goals in two games on the same day, you have to be happy with the way you’re playing defensively,” Sabedra said. “We’re pretty young back there and they’ve stepped up big.”

The Trojans will play against Fishers (12-6-1) on Saturday in the South Bend St. Joe Semistate beginning at 10 a.m. Chesterton time. The other Semistate game will feature Franklin Central (12-8-1) and Castle (16-2-1) in Evansville.

IHSAA Regional Finals


Chesterton 2, Munster 0

Chesterton -- Ryan O’Dell 1 assist; Liam Grimes 1 goal; Josh Wadowski 1 goal, 1 assist; Charlie Eaton 8 saves.

Record: Chesterton 19-2.

IHSAA Regional Semifinals


Chesterton 2, Plymouth 0

Chesterton -- Zack Bowser 1 goal; Nick Biel 2 assists; Gage Torres 1 goal.

Record: Chesterton 18-2.



Posted 10/19/2020




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