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CHS Boys Soccer wins Regional Championship, headed to the final four

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Chesterton didn’t seem to want to make things easy.

But, the Trojans showed moxie in managing to emerge with the Class 3A Goshen Regional Boys Soccer title on Saturday.

Chesterton downed Northridge 4-3 in Saturday night’s final after edging Penn 3-2 in overtime in the semifinals earlier in the day. In both games, the Trojans (19-0-2) built 2-0 leads, only to see them evaporate before steadying to snag wins.

“We didn’t give up, we stayed together,” senior defender Jack Eaton said. “That’s what wins you big games. We grinded it out. I couldn’t be more proud of my team.”

Chesterton, ranked No. 1 in the state coaches poll, claimed its third regional championship in the last five seasons.

With their first since the implementation of the three-class system, the Trojans advanced to Saturday’s semistate game against Fort Wayne Carroll (17-2-2) in Kokomo. Game time is set for 4 p.m. (Chesterton time).

“It’s a mindset,” Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said. “We can’t really have people on the field who are timid about making mistakes. It’s who wants to go on the field to score.”

Against Northridge (19-2-1), Chesterton fell behind 3-2 before scoring two goals in the final six-plus minutes.

Sophomore forward Zack Bowser drilled the go-ahead penalty kick with 4:34 left in the game.

“I just knew I had to put it in the back of the net,” Bowser said. “Our team has worked so hard this whole season. We just needed it.”

Eaton had tied the score at 3-3 when he headed in junior forward Seth Conway’s free kick with a little more than six minutes remaining.

“I had my doubts -- I really did,” Eaton said. “But Seth played a great ball in and I just found it.”

Conway and Bowser combined to give the Trojans a 2-0 advantage with six minutes left in the first half, with the former scoring twice off assists from the latter.

But Northridge scored on a penalty kick less than two minutes later. The Raiders jumped ahead with 16 minutes left in the game after scoring two goals in a 10-minute span.

“We weren’t nervous at all,” Bowser said. “We knew we had it in us. We knew we were the better team.”

The Trojans bested Penn (7-9-2) in Saturday’s second semifinal.

Eaton scored the decisive goal with a minute elapsed in the second half of overtime, burying a free kick from Jordan Carlson. Eaton’s goal off a corner kick from Conway made it 2-0 in favor of the Trojans with 24 minutes left in the second half.

“We pride ourselves on set pieces,” Eaton said. “We have eight or 10 plays we like to run.”

Said Sabedra: “He’s a big body in the box and we noticed they were a little smaller on height. The biggest thing, we wanted him forward just being a big body in there.”

Bowser scored the game’s first goal with six minutes elapsed in the second half. Penn got on the board with 20 minutes left and evened the score at 2-2 with a little more than two minutes left.

“We were under a lot of pressure after we got that second goal,” Eaton said. “They had all the momentum. Before overtime, we just had to calm down.”

Class 3A IHSAA Regional



Chesterton 4, Northridge 3

Chesterton -- Seth Conway 2 goals, 1 assist; Zack Bowser 1 goal, 2 assists; Jack Eaton 1 goal; Charlie Eaton 6 saves.

Northridge -- Jonathan Mora 1 goal, 2 assists; Micah Cross 1 goal; Cameron Chappell 1 goal; Cameron Graber 6 saves.

Records: Chesterton 19-0-2, Northridge 19-2-1.


Chesterton 3, Penn 2 (OT)

Chesterton -- Jack Eaton 2 goals; Zack Bowser 1 goal; Bailey Arthur 1 assist; Seth Conway 1 assist; Jordan Carlson 1 assist; Charlie Eaton 7 saves.

Penn -- David Ross 1 goal; Jeffrey Harper 1 goal; Peter Smith 1 assist; Eric Baker 6 saves.

Records: Chesterton 18-0-2, Penn 7-9-2.


Posted 10/15/2018




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