Boys Soccer Regional Champions: The Chesterton boys soccer team won the
Regional Championship on Saturday night with a 5-0 victory over Kankakee
Valley. Pictured are, front row (l to r), Jameson Sensibaugh, Joshua
Sensibaugh, Brandon Garvey, Nick Welkie, Nick Hollingsworth, Cole Galloway,
Wesley Phillips, Seth Walker, Brandon Long, Alex Gordon, Evan Nash, Dan
Spears, Jordan Lewis and Adam Stueber. Second row (l to r) are Coach Conway,
Jared Moleski, Nathan Long, Coach Sandahl, Coach Christensen, Dan Banghart,
Mark Gore, Mike Moskalick, Kurt Fant, Troy Houck, Alex Mannen, Brian
Seawright, David Vinson, Kevin Gates, Elliot Rauch, Coach Sensibaugh and
Coach Galloway. (Tribune photo by TR Harlan)
By TR HARLAN
Apparently Chesterton boys soccer coach Jamie Sensibaugh has an unfair
advantage in the IHSAA State Tournament – his son, Jameson.
Jameson told his father Saturday morning that the Trojans would beat Kankakee
Valley 5-0 in the Regional Championship.
I wonder if he knows anything about the NFL?
“It always feels good,” Sensibaugh said. “The Regional Championship was one
of our goals at the beginning of the year.”
The Trojans jumped on top immediately with a goal from Mike Moskalick less
than eight minutes in. Troy Houck’s throw-in found Jordan Lewis’ head. KV
goalkeeper Josh Tillema saved the shot, but left the rebound for Moskalick.
Just 10 minutes later, Cole Galloway sent a crossing pass to Alex Gordon for
a 2-0 lead.
“They tried to run an offside-trap and that sped up our offense a little,”
Sensibaugh said. “We wanted to play the ball through or a diagonal ball and
we didn’t do that all the time. We still got good shots and scored goals.”
The third goal of the first half came on a score by Galloway off the keeper.
“We’ve had a goal that started last year with the Semistate loss,” Sensibaugh
said. “We had peaks and valleys in our season, but you have to find out what
you do best and hang your hat on that.
“For us, that’s showing up for the game mentally prepared.”
Jordan Lewis scored the game’s fourth goal on a penalty kick with 6:10 left
and then fed Nick Welkie at the 4:42 mark for the last goal of the night.
“One of my happiest moments of the season was to see Nick Welkie score that
last goal,” Sensibaugh said. “That’s an unselfish play by Jordan (Lewis) to
feed him that ball at that time. It was a beautiful shot with his left foot.
“He’s a kid that comes to practice with a great attitude and works so hard
with not very many opportunities to play. To come out and see him score in a
Regional Championship, for me, that’s why I coach – to see thing like that.”
The Trojans will face off against DAC-foe Lake Central in the second morning
game of the Valparaiso Semistate on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The first
semifinal features Crawfordsville and Elkhart Central.
Chesterton 5, Kankakee Valley 0
Chesterton – Cole Galloway 1 goal, 1 assist; Jordan Lewis 1 goal, 1 assist;
Mike Moskalick 1 goal; Alex Gordon 1 goal; Nick Welkie 1 goal; Wesley
Phillips 1 assist; Alex Mannen 4 saves.
Kankakee Valley – Josh Tillema 9 saves.
Records – Chesterton 15-4-1, Kankakee Valley 12-7-1.