opponent just has your number.
For Chesterton this
year, that also happened to be one of, if not their biggest rival,
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
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
“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.”
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
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.”
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
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 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
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.”