By JIMMY KISSEE
Winning is something you never get used to. Just ask Chesterton girls soccer
coach Kip Walton whose Lady Trojans won their third consecutive regional
title last night over Valparaiso 4-2 at Kesling Park in LaPorte.
“This is pretty familiar to us, but it something really good to have,” said
Walton. “We definitely are not too used to it, trust me we still really enjoy
The win over the Vikings sets up the rematch against Lake Central in
Saturday’s South Bend Semistate. The same two teams battled in the finals
each of the past two years.
Before anyone got comfortable, or even poured their first cup of hot
chocolate, Chesterton went up 1-0.
Nicole Halls broke free in the box and fired a shot which Valparaiso
goalkeeper, Rachel Kuker, could not even react to just 30 seconds into the
“We came out really strong in the first half and I really think that’s what
did it for us tonight,” Walton said.
Chesterton’s 1-0 lead did not last long thanks to the spectacular play from
Valparaiso’s Ashley Morgan. Morgan sprinted down the left side of the field
past the defense, and hooked a left footed shot inside the post and past a
diving Ally Ruoff for the goal.
This tied the game at one, at the 23:32 mark in the first half.
Morgan struck again just 2:22 minutes later, when she hauled in a pass, took
the ball down the right side past two Trojan defenders and was still able to
beat Ruoff for the goal.
This gave the Vikings their only lead at 2-1.
“Morgan was incredible, she has got a lot of speed,” said Walton. “She is
definitely one heck of a player.”
The Lady Trojans showed their experience and never panicked.
“These seven seniors have all been here before, they knew what they needed
to do win,” said Walton.
The Lady Trojans stuck to the basics and were able to tie the game at two.
Danielle Luther headed in a centering pass from Marianne Shumaker with 13:59
to play in the opening half.
They kept the pressure on until the last second, which paid off when Amanda
Harsy gave Chesterton the lead with just 2:22 to play in the opening
Harsy dribbled down from midfield past every Viking defender and snuck one
in past Kuker. The first half ended with Chesterton up 3-2.
Chesterton knew a one goal lead was not safe.
“At halftime I told the girls this was our game to win or lose and they are
going to have to do those things if they wanted to win,” said Walton.
The Lady Trojans came out and did their ‘thing’ right away.
The Lady Trojans opened up the second half in similar fashion to the first,
with a goal. A mere 47 seconds into the half, Amanda Harsy saw the defenders
converge and dropped the ball of to Marianne Shumaker. Shumaker knew exactly
what to do with it as she fired it past Kuker, which put the Trojans up 4-2.
Chesterton would never look back from there as they went on to take the
“I can’t be more proud of these girls,” said Walton. “They fought back when
they were down, I could not ask for any more from them.”