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CHS Girls fall to Valparaiso in PKs

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Six of the previous eight matches between Duneland Athletic Conference rivals Chesterton and Valparaiso were decided by a single goal.

On Tuesday night at Viking Arena, the theme again rang true with the host Vikings winning 5-4 in penalty kicks after the match remained tied at three following two periods of extra time.

“When it went to PKs, it’s anyone’s game at that point,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “The girls did great. We were holding on in the second half when they were putting all the pressure on. To get it into OT and then to penalties with just 10 girls was outstanding.”

The Trojans (2-3, 1-1) were down one of their top goal scorers in Addy Joiner from the 70th minute on after the sophomore was sent off with a red card following a pair of yellow cards, which Chesterton received four of on the night.

Forgey was none too pleased with the way the game was called.

“Both teams were playing hard, like they should, but the foul numbers were very lopsided,” he said. “All you want is something even and for some reason it wasn’t called that way, but that’s the way it goes. Both teams played hard and Valpo gave a good effort and put the pressure on us.”

Olivia Hansen put Chesterton on the board in the 12th minute as she scored from the top of the penalty box, only for Valpo to answer about a minute later. Sydney Stott gave the Trojans the lead heading into half with a goal off a Joiner assist in the 32nd minute.

Early in the second half, junior Ashlee Bakaitis fought off a Valpo defender and trickled a shot into an open net to make it 3-1 Trojans with about 35 minutes remaining.

The Vikings (3-2, 2-0) then turned up the offensive with Janci Courtaney scoring from point blank range to cut it to one with the Vikings almost tying it five minutes later before Aleah Ferngren was ruled offsides. With just five minutes to go, Annabel Murley’s shot to Marney Sisson was saved, but momentum carried the Trojans keeper past the goal line, thus tying the match.

“They put pressure on us, we knew they were gonna press when we went up a goal, of course they were going to try and get one back like they did in the first half,” Forgey said. “We didn’t deal with it terribly, but we didn’t deal with it well enough.”

In the penalty-kick shootout, Bakaitis, Hansen and Molly Slatcoff all scored in the opening round -- with the latter tying the match as the game was on the line. Each shooter scored on their first attempts of the second round, but Valpo would come out on top after Chesterton’s second attempt sailed high

Chesterton will take part in the Pendleton Heights tournament this weekend and will be without Joiner for one game due to her red card.

“We scored three goals against a good team when we played 11 on 11,” Forgey said. “We came to their place and dominated portions of the game, took the lead, and extended it. I’ve said from the beginning that there are goals to be had on this team and we scored three, so that’s a positive.

“We have to twist the positive for the next games. The training is going to be good because all these girls have done so far is work hard; they’ve been awesome student-athletes. They wanted this game and didn’t get it so they’re going to be driven the entire season because of it.”

Valparaiso 4, Chesterton 3

(Valparaiso wins 5-4 in penalty-kick shootout)


Valparaiso -- Olivia Shaw 1 goal; Janci Courtaney 1 goal; Annabel Murley 1 goal; Stella Cusson 12 saves.

Chesterton -- Olivia Hansen 1 goal; Sydney Stott 1 goal; Ashlee Bakaitis 1 goal; Addy Joiner 1 assist; Marney Sisson 14 saves.

Records: Valparaiso 3-2 (2-0 Duneland Athletic Conference); Chesterton 2-3 (1-1).



Posted 8/22/2018




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