It was just a
matter of time before Chesterton broke through.
The Trojans didn’t
register a shot on goal until the 25th minute of the first half, but
remained on the attack, eventually breaking through for two goals late in a
2-1 win over Duneland Conference foe Valparaiso at Viking Arena.
“I told them at
halftime that we were playing the better soccer and that it was a matter of
time,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “We had some golden
opportunities and just had to take advantage and finish them.”
2-0) found itself chasing a goal only five minutes in after Valpo’s Blaise
Sellers was able to draw a penalty shot in which Justin Roth converted.
dribbling exhibition by Harley Lohmeyer in the 16th minute gave the Trojans
their first good look to tie, but his shot sailed high off his left foot.
Following Bailey Arthur’s chance in the 25th that was stopped by Valpo
keeper Blake Mersman, it was Jake Donovan who was robbed of a goal as
Mersman flung his foot out in a last ditch effort to keep it 1-0.
“Their keeper made
some great goal-saving saves throughout and their defenders made some nice
second, third-effort plays in the first half,” Sensibaugh said.
Out of the half,
Arthur had a shot that was saved and a few minutes later, the Valpo defense
was able to clear another Trojans threat.
In the 65th minute,
Chesterton’s Sam Weller was shoved from behind, drawing a penalty shot for
the Trojans to be taken by Caleb Haire. Haire’s shot went high and wide to
leave the Vikes out in front.
penalty stirred the hornets’ nest and changed the complexion of the game,”
Sensibaugh said. “If we tie that up there on the kick we have a lot of
momentum. I’m thinking even with missing the kick, it still took some wind
out of Valpo’s sails.
“When they got out
ahead 1-0, normally they’re going to drop back but the game stayed open and
that served us better. We went more on the offensive and put our
money-makers in positions where we needed them and once we got ahead then we
dropped our guys back and held on.”
The Trojans drew a
corner kick just a few minutes later when Arthur would link with Seth Conway
who hammered it home for the tie.
“Set pieces are
really big for us and we try to score on any one we can get,” Arthur said.
“We have to take our opportunities and take advantage of them.”
A few minutes
later, the lead was Chesterton’s on another set piece set up by Arthur. This
time, it was Jack Eaton on the receiving end and netting the game-winner.
Both of Chesterton’s goals came within two and a half minutes of one
“We felt that
coming,” Eaton said. “After the penalty kick, we knew we were getting
chances and figured we can get some more. The miss was just a mistake and
everyone makes those, so we just kept our heads up. The energy from the
bench and our subs was great and it was just a great team win.”