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.
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
“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.”
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."
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.”
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.”
will play Crown Point in Saturday's sectional championship game as C.P. beat
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.”