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Chesterton Boys Soccer falls to Crown Point in Regional Finals

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton Trojans ran into a buzzsaw on Saturday.

Crown Point allowed just two Chesterton shots on goal as the Bulldogs won the IHSAA Merrillville Regional Boys Soccer title 3-0.

“We had to play our best and they had to give us some things to come out of here with a win,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “There was none of that today. We couldn’t get anything going offensively. We were stagnant.

“The team I saw today didn’t resemble the team I coached all year. Give credit to (CP) for taking us out of what we wanted to do.”

The Bulldogs opened the scoring quickly as they scored in the fifth minute as Nate Brower took a pass from Bay Kurtz and scored for a 1-0 lead.

“They shut us out. The first goal is the game-winner if you don’t score,” Sensibaugh said. “I think having not been here before and them being here before paid dividends for them. We got beat by a good team. Don’t take anything away from them.”

It took just nine minutes for CP to get on the board again as Carmelo Morales scored from 30 yards away inside the near post.

“I thought we had a chance to score early in the game and the whole game could’ve changed,” Sensibaugh said. “Any time you give up a goal that early, it’s not over. Even when it was 2-0, there was still an entire half to play.”

Crown Point ended the scoring with just under 26 minutes left to play when the Trojans were called for a handball in the box. Kurtz scored on the penalty kick.

Chesterton’s Caleb Gmyrek recorded eight saves in the loss as the Trojans finished the season 16-3-1 overall.

“We have nothing to be ashamed about when it comes to the season we had,” Sensibaugh said. “The bulk of this team is coming back and to have gotten this experience is valuable. Outside of our bubble, everyone talked about the adversity we had to endure. Inside we just kept chugging away and working hard.

“It didn’t matter to us who was, or wasn’t, here. We expected to be good.”

Crown Point 3, Chesterton 0

AT MERRILLVILLE

Chesterton -- Caleb Gmyrek 8 saves.

Crown Point -- Nate Brower 1 goal; Carmelo Morales 1 goal; Bay Kurtz 1 goal, 2 assists; Conner Keaveney 2 saves.

Records -- Chesterton 16-3-1, Crown Point 18-0-1.

 

Posted 10/21/2013