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CHS Girls Soccer opens tonight

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By TR HARLAN

Ben Forgey wants his trophy back.

After back-to-back losses to Valparaiso in the IHSAA Sectional, the Chesterton girls soccer team will be looking to reclaim the title as the 2020 season begins tonight.

“We remember how last season ended and we want to right that ship,” Forgey said. “Losing in penalties is tough, but it’s still us having to find a way to knock Valpo off. And we want to get that right.”

The undisputed leader for the Trojans is senior forward Addy Joiner. Joiner has netted 52 goals over the past two seasons.

“We had a jamboree last weekend and Addy had two goals each half,” Forgey said. “The stats and numbers she’s put up speak for themselves. We play a tough schedule and she has had such a great consistency over the first three years.”

Junior Annalisa Hackett and sophomore Gina Geenen should help with the scoring punch. Geenen tallied 10 goals last year.

The strength of the team may come in the midfield with the trio of senior Sydney Stott, junior Kaitlyn Kogl and sophomore Grace Bamber.

“They are three really creative and dynamic players and they combine so well together,” Forgey said. “We won’t be a team where you can just shut down one player. Teams will have to defend with a lot of people against us.”

In goal, junior Carley Balas returns after an honorable mention All-State selection as a sophomore.

“To get that kind of recognition as a sophomore isn’t common,” Forgey said. “She does absolutely everything you was a goalkeeper to do.”

The biggest uncertainty is the defense in front of Balas as three starters left to graduation. Senior Alaina South is the lone holdover.

“Alaina is our one returning starter from a group that helped us to 14 shutouts last year,” Forgey said. “It’s her turn to lead the defense.”

Other candidates to play in the back include sophomores Ingrid Hurst, Adie Schneider, Emma Vetroczky and senior Nikki Groceman.

 

Posted 8/18/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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