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CHS Girls fall short in Sectional title game

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The harsh reality in sports is that seasons are defined by the final game.

The Chesterton girls soccer team did everything right during the 2013 campaign, but with their backs against the wall, and the wind in their faces, the Trojans were unable to deliver on Saturday afternoon.

Ashley Thomas scored three of Valparaiso’s five unanswered goals as the Vikings overcame an early 1-0 deficit to knock off Chesterton 5-1 in the Portage 2A sectional championship game.

“We had a great season, a great run, but the best team doesn’t always win,” Chesterton coach Dave Galloway said. “We lost the second game of the season and the last game of the season. It’s tough.”

The Trojans (13-2-2) got off to a good start on Saturday, dominating possession in the opening 20 minutes and gained the advantage on a untouched corner kick from Katie Green in the 17th minute. Even after Green’s goal, the Trojans continued to push the ball into Viking territory with ease. Possession doesn’t equal shot attempts and the Trojans struggled to generate chances against Valparaiso keeper Kristina Veljovic.

“We’re a team that plans on shooting a lot and we maybe had half a dozen looks at the goal,” Galloway said. “That’s not going to get it done against Valparaiso.”

The Vikings used a swirling wind to their advantage in the second half, and although Galloway downplayed the wind, several members of Valparaiso’s team said the elements helped spark the offense. Lauren Reineke and Lexi Ferngren scored back-to-back goals within three minutes of each other early in the second half and the Vikings added a fourth goal within a 23-minute span that put the game out of reach.

“We played a certain way all year and then we didn’t bring that here today,” Galloway said. “That makes it very frustrating to have a game plan and then not execute. Give Valparaiso a lot of credit for that.”

Eight seniors saw their Trojan careers come to an end on Saturday afternoon, including forward Bridget Brendza and defender Madisyn Coudriet.

“It’s very difficult for them,” Galloway said. “They were on a semistate team three years ago and this group had a lot of talent. This is a tough loss for them.”

Valparaiso 5, Chesterton 1


Valparaiso -- Kristina Veljovic 2 saves; Ashley Thomas 3 goals; Lauren Reineke 1 goal; Lexi Ferngren 1 goal, 1 assist.

Chesterton -- Katie Green 1 goal; Anne Marie Radzik 4 saves.

Records: Valparaiso 9-6-2; Chesterton 13-2-2



Posted 10/14/2013