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.
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.”
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
(19-2-1), Chesterton fell behind 3-2 before scoring two goals in the final
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
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.
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
“We weren’t nervous
at all,” Bowser said. “We knew we had it in us. We knew we were the better
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.”
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