Something had to
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
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.
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.
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
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.
graduates a strong core group of senior starters in Haire, Filipek, Jake
Donovan, Sam Weller and Harley Lohmeyer.
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
“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.”