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CHS boys soccer team moves on to Sectional Final

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Through 40 minutes of play, Chesterton found itself locked up at zero with Michigan City, a team it had defeated 5-0 in its second game of the regular season.

It took 66 minutes of play, but the first of two goals by freshman Zack Bowser sparked Chesterton to a 3-0 win to clinch a berth in Saturday's Class 3A Merrillville Sectional championship match.

“Michigan City had a great strategy having nine men behind the ball and on this field, that makes it really hard to score,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “We needed to work our flank and serve balls into the box and we weren't doing that real well, instead, we were attacking them right down the middle of the field. Every shot was off of somebody or cleared off the line, I think we had at least two goals cleared in the first half.”

Bowser's first goal came off an assist from Logan Stewart. He added his second six minutes later off a nifty move by a defender before placing it in the back of the net.

"That felt awesome,” he said. “I made a run on the first one and I was in the right spot, On the second goal, I took a touch and didn't think I had enough time to but I did and I was able to place it in a wide open corner.

“We connected on more passes in the second half, found the flanks then crossed it into the middle like coach (Sensibaugh) wanted us to. That opened up a lot of space for us to work.”

Getting his first taste of sectional play, Bowser is a player Sensibaugh has sensed a big game from.

“He's one of those kids that we've been excited about all year long,” Sensibaugh said. “He's young but he's so technical. "We worry about his durability a little so we've preserved his health by hanging on to him until it matters and this is when it matters and now you're getting to see a pretty good player.”

Fifteen seconds later, Sam Weller pushed the lead to 3-0.

“We felt it was a matter of time," Sensibaugh said. “Once we got a goal, they had to step out and then that opened up the floodgates."

Michigan City almost seized the lead in the 47th minute but Omar Serrano's free-kick was sent off the post by a lunging Doug Filipek. Filipek stopped another good Wolves chance a few minutes later, again denying Serrano.

“Doug had a good game and probably saw more action than he thought he was going to,” Sensibaugh said. “(Michigan City) countered really well and they got in behind us and generated a few chances. They were dangerous on some corners.”

Filipek totaled eight saves to earn the clean sheet.

“My defense stepped up so I have to give all the credit to my defenders,” he said. “Michigan City played a really good game (Wednesday) so you have to give credit where credit is due there, too. They definitely had some good chances and were deadly on the attack at times.

"You never want to overlook your opponents. I always treat the other team like they're the No. 1 team in the state.”

Chesterton (10-5-2) will play Crown Point in Saturday's sectional championship game as C.P. beat Valparaiso, 1-0.

The Bulldogs defeated the Trojans on penalty kicks back on Sept. 6.

"Survive and move on, that's the name of the game at this point,” Sensibaugh said. “You have to be in it to win it and it'll be anybody's game on Saturday. Rankings and where people ended up during the season mean nothing now. None of that stuff matters and we know that.

“Saturday will be the next big test for us.”

Class 3A

Merrillville Sectional


Chesterton 3, Michigan City 0

CHESTERTON -- Zack Bowser 2 goals; Sam Weller 1 goal; Logan Stewart 1 assist; Doug Filipek 7 saves.

MICHIGAN CITY -- Gabe Galvan 11 saves.

RECORDS -- Chesterton 10-5-2, Michigan City 8-8-1.




Posted 10/5/2017




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