CHESTERTON -- It
was a match of contrasting styles on Tuesday and for Chesterton and coach
Ben Forgey, his defense was going to be put to the test by Crown Point’s
In the second game
without senior captain Alaina South -- who is out for the season with a
clavicle injury -- senior defender Nikki Groceman and a trio of sophomores
in Ingrid Hurst, Adie Schneider and Emma Vetroczky, were up to task.
Chesterton nabbed a
crucial Duneland Athletic Conference win over Crown Point, winning 3-2 on
penalty kicks after having played to a 1-1 tie.
The win keeps hopes
alive in the conference race, now tied with C.P. in second, and both a game
behind Valparaiso. The Bulldogs and Vikings play next week.
“Valpo’s a good
team, anything can happen and Crown Point is a difficult team to play
against. We had trouble breaking them down in the final third, so getting
the win is obviously good,” Forgey said. “We would have loved to tuck one
more away in regulation, but that didn’t happen. When you have a Carley
(Balas) in goal, you always have faith and we were able to make enough
penalties and call it a day.
“Nicki Groceman has
been outstanding all year and today was no different. She communicates and
leads in the back and she’s the unquestioned leader back there now,
especially without Alaina. The defense stuck to the plan, kept the fast
forwards in front of them and dealt with mostly everything. Nicki and the
other three did an outstanding job.”
The Trojans (4-4,
3-1) opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a header by Gina Geenen from
a Grace Bamber free kick. Bamber was also one of three Trojans to convert in
the penalty kick round, as did Groceman and Addy Joiner.
continued to work not only with their feet, but with their head,” Forgey
said. “It was an aggressive first half, physical, and you’ll get that with
Crown Point every single year without a doubt. We matched that.
“We were so much
better at keeping the ball in the second half, whether it was on the ground
or we took the space outside or in the middle. We had them chasing and by
making them chase, it gave them less opportunities to play the long ball
that they really wanna play in.”
While the Bulldogs
(6-2, 3-1) did find the equalizer just three minutes later on a Zoey Wells
goal, Trojans junior midfielder Kaitlyn Kogl thought the team responded as
“We just wanted to
come into this game and play super hard and when we conceded, we didn’t give
up and that was a strong point (Tuesday),” Kogl said. “We kept building each
other up. We kept the positivity up and that was really good for us.
We had to step to
every ball, mark our players and make sure no one got in behind us. Their
forwards are really fast and that’s the danger of Crown Point’s team.”
Next up for
Chesterton is Hobart on Saturday afternoon.
“I’m happy with our
win tonight, one of the best games we’ve had this season,” Kogl said. “I’m
really looking forward to the upcoming games, and this was a big confidence
booster going into those.”