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CHS Boys Soccer opens tonight at home

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By TR HARLAN

The Chesterton boys soccer team came very close to winning a state title last season, but that’s in the past as a new group starts the 2017 season tonight at home against Boone Grove.

The junior varsity contest is set to begin at 4:30 p.m.

“We have 10 seniors back and some young kids we’ll rely upon,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “There is a learning curve when you play varsity soccer, especially in our conference and with the schedule we play. It’s always a process and we’ll look to get better every day.

“I’ve always been a coach that expects to be competitive. We’ll play really hard and let the good things happen from that.”

The Trojans will turn to a pair of seniors in Sam Weller and Harley Lohmeyer, along with junior Jack Eaton to play key roles.

“Sam (Weller) will be big for us,” Sensibaugh said. “Harley (Lohmeyer) will have to step up and play an integral role. Jack Eaton holding things down as a holding mid is a key as well.”

The Trojans have always created chances offensively in Sensibaugh’s system and this year should be no different.

“We’ll have opportunities, they just have to put it away,” Sensibaugh said. “The pieces are there, I just have to figure out where those pieces go to make us the best team we can be when the end of the season rolls around.”

The Trojans should also get help from the trio of Bailey Arthur, Andy VanNoort and Jared Charlson.

“Bailey (Arthur) is one year older,” Sensibaugh said. “Andy (VanNoort) has a lot of experience and Jared (Charlson) will get a chance to get on the field a lot more. We have a lot of kids that played in the state championship match last year. You can’t replicate that.

“We obviously lost a lot of talent, but it’s a team game. Those guys were equally as important to our success as the guys that aren’t here any more.”

In goal, Chesterton will turn to senior Doug Filipek.

“Doug Filipek is finally getting his chance to be our goalkeeper,” Sensibaugh said. “That’s always a position that becomes important. He’s proven himself and we expect good things from him.”

The Trojans will get tested often throughout the year as Sensibaugh continues to bulk up the schedule.

“It’s a different dymanic having been to the state championship game,” Sensibaugh said. “You are going to get everyone’s best shot. As a relatively young team, do you have the mental fortitude to stay consistent when you get everyone’s best game?

“If there is anything I’m proud of going into my 14th year, it’s that we haven’t really had a down year. And we don’t expect to have one. That consistency is something we are going to continue to hang our hat on.”

 

Posted 8/14/2017

 
 
 
 

 

 

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