You might as well
have been watching a movie.
Eaton wasn’t going to let his team lose. The senior goalkeeper made a
game-saving save, scored a goal and then made the game-winning save in a
span of five minutes to push the Chesterton boys soccer team to a Sectional
title victory over Crown Point on Saturday.
extremely fun to watch,” Chesterton Asst. Coach Austin Haire said. “You
can’t describe that kid. To see that raw talent he has, I don’t think I can
explain how good he is and is going to be.”
With the game on
the line in the shootout, Eaton made a stop of Dominic Bixeman’s shot to
force sudden death tied at 3-3. Eaton immediately turned around and
delivered a goal past CP goalkeeper Jared Hecimovich for a 4-3 lead.
Eaton return to the
goal and blocked Cristian Espinoza’s shot to give the Trojans’ their fourth
consecutive Sectional title.
“Charlie is the
sixth guy. He would have been in the top five, but we went over the last day
of practice,” Haire said. “We decided if it went into sudden death, he’d be
the first guy. It worked out. He got to score the goal and make the save
Crown Point opened
the scoring when Kristian Simakoski scored on a pass from Gavin Stagg for a
“We knew the game
plan and it didn’t change. They played very direct,” Haire said. “When it
got to the last 14 minutes, you just find the will to win and our guys did.
We know what we want to execute and how to do it. We know that our system
works if we just stay with it and play our game.”
Before the Trojans
could score the game-tying goal, they lost head coach Lucas Sabedra to a
second yellow card, earning an ejection.
“We didn’t have to
do anything,” Haire said of taking over the top job. “These guys work every
single day. They know their jobs and they do it. I didn’t think about it at
all. I was just there to steer them in the right direction.”
tied the game in the 65th minute when Hecimovich stopped a penalty kick by
Zack Bowser, but left a rebound that Bowser pushed over the line to tie the
After a 14-minute
scoreless overtime, the Trojans got goals from Nick Biel, Ryan O’Dell and
Matt Marmolejo to set up Eaton’s game-ending theatrics.
experienced guys that have been through this before,” Haire said. “They all
The Trojans return
to the field on Saturday for the IHSAA Goshen Regional where they will take
on Plymouth at 10 a.m. The winner faces the winner of Elkhart/Munster at 7
p.m. for the title.