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CHS Boys Soccer falls in Sectional Finals

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Something had to give.

Chesterton, last year’s Class 2A State runner-up and winner of four straight Sectionals, took on Crown Point, winner of six straight Sectionals in the first year of Class 3A soccer.

Under extremely windy, and at some point rainy conditions, each team had their chances to come away with a win and after 80 minutes of regulation wasn’t enough, another 14 proved not to be either.

Just like in the Sept. 6 regular season match-up, the match was to be decided on penalty kicks: this time, with an IHSAA Sectional trophy on the line.

Crown Point’s Trevor Witte was matched by Harley Lohmeyer to open the shootout. Filip Stefanoski added the second for C.P., but the Trojans’ second attempt would go wide. The Bulldogs (13-3-3) went on to hit all five of their penalty shots en route to a 5-4 penalty shootout win.

“That’s a rough way to lose,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “We were in this game and it was evenly matched just like it was the first time we played.”

With the wind at their backs, the Trojans (10-6-2) took advantage in the first 20 minutes of the first half with a handful of shots.

Caleb Haire narrowly missed a 1-0 lead off a cross from Robbie Capehart, but Crown Point keeper Jack Mumaugh was able to send the attempt over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Jack Eaton’s header off a corner kick from Bailey Arthur was sent high.

Harley Lohmeyer’s free-kick in the 19th minute also appeared destined for the back of the net, but again Mumaugh was there for the diving save.

“We had chances there in the first half and we just couldn’t finish them, it wasn’t in the cards for us,” Sensibaugh said.

It was the ‘Dogs who had the wind in the second half and garnered scoring chances, but Trojan keeper Doug Filipek was solid once again, recording seven saves on the day.

In the second overtime, Bailey Arthur looked to have an open net and an opportunity to send Chesterton on to Regionals, but Crown Point defender Zach Engle was able to thwart the chance before Arthur could get off a shot.

Chesterton graduates a strong core group of senior starters in Haire, Filipek, Jake Donovan, Sam Weller and Harley Lohmeyer.

Arthur, Capehart, Jack Eaton and Jordan Carlson will be some guys leaned on next year including some new faces up from the JV team that lost just one match on the year.

“When we look back on this year, a lot of teams would have liked to have the record we did with the schedule that we played,” Sensibaugh said. “It hurts right now, but we had a very good JV team and return a lot of guys who played (Saturday). The future is still bright for Chesterton soccer.”

IHSAA Sectional

AT MERRILLVILLE

Crown Point 0, Chesterton 0 (Crown Point wins 5-4 in PK shootout)

Crown Point -- Jack Mumaugh 9 saves.

Chesterton -- Doug Filipek 7 saves.

Records -- Crown Point 13-3-3, Chesterton 10-6-2

 

Posted 10/9/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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