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
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
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
“It didn’t matter to us who was, or wasn’t, here. We expected to be good.”
Crown Point 3, Chesterton 0
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.