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
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.
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
“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
“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
“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.”