By TR HARLAN
That’s what the Chesterton boys soccer team has ventured into after picking
up the school’s first Regional title in an impressive 5-0 victory over
Lowell Saturday night in Valparaiso.
The Trojans will face Elkhart Central next Saturday in the Crown Point
Semistate. Game time is scheduled for Noon. The other semistate matchup will
feature Munster against West Lafayette Harrison.
“This is unchartered territory for Chesterton,” Chesterton coach Jamie
Sensibaugh said. “I’m proud to be a part of it and I’m proud for these
The Trojans scored the first goal of the match 21:13 into the opening half
when Cole Galloway split a pair of defenders and found Richard Nava near the
back post for an easy goal.
“Tonight more than ever, the demeanor of our kids was all business,”
Sensibaugh said. “Getting the first goal is always important, but at the
same time the third, fourth and fifth is just as good.”
Wesley Phillips scored the game’s second goal just 1:46 after Nava’s score
with a left-footed blast into the side netting from just inside the 18-yard
“We had good quality looks,” Sensibaugh said. “Sometimes in soccer you have
times where the shots are there but they just won’t find the net. Tonight
when we had opportunities, we capitalized on them.”
The Trojan defense was just as good as the offense in the first half
allowing only one shot on goal.
“We came out more ready to play than we have any time in the tournament,”
defender Jeff Berglund said. “We were here to win tonight and we did.”
Chesterton put another goal on the board with 16:45 to play in the game on
Nava’s second goal of the night off a pass from Phillips.
“We had a really good week of practice,” Sensibaugh said. “We worked on
possessing the ball and playing to feet. We moved to open space well. This
team all year has been driven.”
Jordan Lewis scored for the Trojans on a direct kick from just outside the
18-yard line with 13:23 left beating Lowell goalkeeper Bojan Radjen to the
Simon Jeffrey set the final score with a goal with 2:27 to play.
“It’s been a lot of hard work since April to get to this point,” Sensibaugh
said. “This is a good life lesson and as an educator, it’s good to see that.
With hard work and perseverance anything can happen.”
Trojan goalkeeper Alex Mannen made four saves as Chesterton ‘s shutout
streak in the postseason reached four matches.
“I think it’s a combination of things,” Berglund said of the defense. “With
the people we have down the center of our defense, we just know we can get
Chesterton 5, Lowell 0
Chesterton – Richard Nava 2 goals; Wesley Phillips 1 goal, 1 assist; Jordan
Lewis 1 goal; Simon Jeffrey 1 goal; Cole Galloway 1 assist; Alex Mannen 4
Lowell – Bojan Radjen 11 saves.
Records – Chesterton 18-1, Lowell 13-6-1.