With its opposition
in South Bend St. Joseph possessing a defense that had given up just six
goals in its 17 matches, Chesterton’s attack was sure to face its stiffest
At Saturday’s Class
3A South Bend Adams Regional Championship, South Bend St. Joseph showed
those stats weren’t a fluke, ending Chesterton’s season with a 2-0 win.
“They have a great
defense, they’re a great team,” Chesterton senior forward Addy Joiner said.
“They’re such a good unit and it’s so hard to break down. There are no gaps
to really find and when we did find them, we were so excited to find them
that we’d over-hit and wouldn’t be able to capitalize.”
It was the last
game as a Chesterton Trojan for Joiner, who leaves the program as the
career-record holder in goals.
“It took a long
time for us to get our feet under us this year and it was just fun to see
how everyone improved and grew,” Joiner said. “We’re all some of the most
competitive kids in the Region and I don’t know what’s in the water in
Chesterton, but I think Chesterton breeds some of the most competitive kids.
I’m proud of all of us.”
Joiner, along with
Nikki Groceman and Sydney Stott among other seniors, were vital to the
Trojans’ success this season. Alaina South, who has been out with injury, is
also a senior.
“Honestly at the
end of last year, we wondered how we’d fill those holes (from graduation),”
Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “There are just great kids coming through
the program that wanna work. They look at these upperclassmen and say ‘hey,
I’d like to be like that’.
“Girls last year
wanted to be like Ashlee Bakaitis and these ones now wanna be like Joiner
and Stott and then that just keeps churning from there. It’s a nice program
to be a part of.”
put seven shots on goal but St. Joseph’s Hannah O’Connell was able to record
her 15th clean sheet of the season.
For Forgey, the
improvement from the first game until Saturday was immense.
“We returned a
bunch of attacking players -- but not a lot defensively -- and integrating
that into a whole team isn’t easy for the players but they worked at it,”
Forgey said. “It would have been real easy to say ‘hey, we have these
forwards and midfielders, but the defenders aren’t cutting it.’ It would
have been real easy to get down on each other but they didn’t.
each other and wanted to work to get better. There’s a high standard here.”
scoreless first half, South Bend St. Joseph (16-2) scored in the 48th minute
on a Georgia Place rebound. Natalie Moore scored in the 69th minute.
were organized and they were frustrated and were subbing at every
opportunity in the second half to slow the game down because they knew they
had a real fight on their hands,” Forgey said. “We wanted to be smart
defensively and we have the kids and work rate to do it. I think we just ran
out of a steam a little bit in the second half.”
loses the likes of Joiner’s prolific goal-scoring and Stott’s playmaking, it
potentially returns four players with at least seven goals led by sophomore
Grace Bamber, who had 15. Three of its four defenders are also underclassmen
as is goalie Carley Balas, who had eight saves in the championship.
“What I’m really
pleased with is the kids that are willing to listen, grow and work,” Forgey
said. “If the kids do that, the game is pretty simple. If they’re willing to
get better and compete, we can do some big, great things.
“We certainly have
talent and it was a nice little run we put together. Did we wanna win a
couple more? Sure. But we can really be proud of ourselves.”
Crown Point 3-2 in overtime in the afternoon semifinal as Annalisa Hackett
flicked in a game-winner in the 86th minute. Gina Geenen had a first-half
“She’s worked her
butt off,” Forgey said of Hackett. “She deserves the credit for that and
deserves a moment like that. You hear the other names, but she’s one of our
starting forwards and gives a good effort every single time she’s on the
field -- whether it’s on the attacking or defending end.
“So, for her to
find herself in that position and to take that touch and get it just right,
I’m just really happy for her.”
AT TCU SCHOOL
FIELD, South Bend
South Bend St.
Joseph 2, Chesterton 0
SOUTH BEND ST.
JOSEPH -- Georgia Place goal; Natalie Moore goal; Hannah O’Connell 7 saves.
Carley Balas 8 saves.
Records: South Bend
St. Joseph 16-2, Chesterton 15-5.
AT TCU SCHOOL
FIELD, South Bend
Chesterton 3, Crown
Point 2, OT
CHESTERTON -- Gina
Geenen goal; Annalisa Hackett goal; Carley Balas 9 saves.
CROWN POINT -- Zoey
Wells goal; Erin Harrison goal; Abbey Chidsey 2 assists; Grace Mumaugh 5
15-4, Crown Point 13-5-1.