The Chesterton boys
soccer team won its second State Championship in three years with a
record-setting performance on Saturday.
The Trojans broke
six all-class team and individual records, while tying or setting 11 Class
3A records as they beat Castle 7-1.
“Man, that was the
most beautiful game I’ve seen us play this entire year, maybe ever,”
Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said.
CHS opened the
scoring in the ninth minute as Zack Bowser scored and Josh Wadowski pushed
the lead to 2-0 just one minute later.
Bowser would add a
second goal in the first half. Ryan O’Dell added two first half goals and
Nick Biel pushed the lead to 6-0 with a goal in the 33rd minute.
“The first half, it
just shows what happens when all cylinders are firing for us,” Sabedra said.
“Everyone was clicking. Our defense was sharp. Our offense wasn’t holding
back. Everyone was playing confident.”
Bowser finished his
hat trick in the 60th minute. His three goals tied the all-class record for
goals in a game, set by North Central’s Kei Tennyson in 1996. His two
assists set a 3A record, while it tied the all-class record set by three
other players. He recorded a 3A mark of nine shots -- seven of which were on
goal, tying the all-class record held by Tennyson and Chesterton’s Owen
Hallas in 2016.
Charlie Eaton played the first 73 minutes of shutout soccer, making three
saves before Sabedra played his entire roster in the game.
“That’s actually a
really special moment,” Sabedra said. “Being able to get all of the guys out
there to experience a state championship game, some of them were still so
nervous because it’s such a big game. I’m just happy that everyone was able
to go out there and experience an amazing thing like this.”
The Trojans join
the Crown Point boys (2011, 2013) as the only Region program with two state
titles. Sabedra, in just his third season, became the Region’s first coach
with two state titles.
the year 21-2 overall.