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CHS Girls Soccer falls in Sectional semifinals

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Sometimes an opponent just has your number.

For Chesterton this year, that also happened to be one of, if not their biggest rival, Valparaiso.

Both ranked in the final coaches poll, with the Vikings at No. 12 and Trojans at No. 17, Thursday’s matchup had the makings of a game that would come down to the wire.

Instead, it was Valparaiso that instilled its will from the get-go and led throughout on its way to a 4-1 over Chesterton in the Class 3A Valparaiso Sectional semifinals at Viking Arena.

“The team that was better on the night won,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “Valpo earned everything they got tonight. They scored early and took the game to us early.

“They didn’t just score one, they scored the second too and from there, it’s hard to get back in a game. It was almost like they were playing coming downhill at us. They came out to attack, just like we did, they converted their chances though.”

Valparaiso (16-2) broke through on the scoreboard just two minutes into the game with Olivia Shaw settling a ball down from close range and knocking it past Chesterton keeper Marney Sisson.

The Trojans looked to have a golden opportunity to tie it up at one a couple minutes later but Addy Joiner’s header off a pass from Olivia Hansen went just over the cross bar.

Janci Courtaney scored the first of her three goals at the 15-minute mark with her left-footed shot finding the lower-90 for a 2-0 Vikings lead.

“We had that chance there to make it 1-1 and if we do that, maybe it’s another game,” Forgey said. “Instead, they got that second goal and that hurts.”

Chesterton (14-4) notched their lone goal of the match in the 25th minute when Grace O’Dell beat Valpo defender Annabel Murley to a 50-50 ball off the foot of Joiner. Five minutes later, Courtaney added another goal for what was a 3-1 halftime lead for the hosts.

“We got that one back but when they make it 3-1, then they don’t have to play the same way,” Forgey said. “We tried to get them back but when a team is playing with a lead like that, they don’t have to take too many risks.”

Forgey noticed a change in his team’s energy compared to when Valpo beat Chesterton in penalty kicks back on August 21.

“The first time we played them, we came out too high, too intense on energy,” he said. “This time, we were less intense. Call it what you want, but they were beating us to balls and when they beat you to balls, they have the ball and they get the goals.”

Chesterton garnered a handful of chances that came up empty in the second half including an Ashlee Bakaitis header going wide in the 51st, a Joiner shot knocked down by a defender in the 62nd and an O’Dell shot that went just outside the post in the 70th.

The Trojans will graduate five players, including four starters (O’Dell, Hansen, Sisson and Molly Slatcoff) and one of its top bench players (Caity Bogue).

“The seniors played a huge part in this season,” Forgey said. “They’ve been great all year and I feel bad for them that this was their last game. It sucks when anything is over, but only one team can win and the team that played better tonight did win.”

However, Chesterton will bring back a lot of firepower like Joiner (27 goals), Bakaitis (19 goals) and Annalisa Hackett (nine goals) along with some of its top defenders In Olivia Vesling, Caroline Liapes and Alaina South.

“It’s hard to think about next year right now but we got a lot coming back. We’re Chesterton, we’re always gonna have a lot of talent,” Forgey said. “(Thursday)’s not about that, though. It was unfortunate that it was our last game. The girls gave a good effort, it wasn’t quite good enough.”

IHSAA Sectional


Valparaiso 4, Chesterton 1

Valparaiso -- Janci Courtaney 3 goals; Olivia Shaw goal; Stella Cusson 4 saves.

Chesterton -- Grace O’Dell goal; Addy Joiner assist; Marney Sisson 3 saves.

Records: Valparaiso 16-2, Chesterton 14-4.



Posted 10/5/2018




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