After an undefeated
campaign and the school’s first State Championship, the Chesterton boys
soccer team has a bullseye square on its back as the 2019 campaign starts
The Trojans will
open their title defense against Boone Grove at CHS. The JV game, against
Kankakee Valley, is scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start.
“We have to battle
the idea of being the top dog in the area,” Chesterton head coach Lucas
Sabedra said. “We know we’ll get everybody’s best game. We know what the big
games are. We have to make sure we show up for all the other one’s too.
That’s how you get caught.”
The Trojans return
eight starters from last year’s 21-0-2 team and should be set up to score a
lot of goals.
Seth Conway and
Zack Bowser will spearhead the charge up front, while Ryan O’Dell, Robbie
Capehart, Joey Stark and Soren Vagenius also will be counted on.
“I think our
offense is going to be our best defense,” Sabedra said. “I believe we’ll
even be better offensively than we were last year, because those guys are
all a year older. They are confident, more creative and good off the ball.”
solidifies the midfield and will be counted on heavily offensively and
“We’ve got a lot of
the same team coming back, but its very different in a lot of ways,” Sabedra
said. “There are a lot of things we have to reconfigure and find out the
identity of this team.”
In the back, the
final line of defense will be solid with Charlie Eaton returning in goal.
“Charlie is one of
the best goalkeeper’s in the State,” Sabedra said. “His athleticism is off
the charts and he’s very vocal. He’s one of the loudest people on the field
and now we have to teach him to tell the people in front of him what he
wants and how to do it the right way.”
In front of Eaton
may be the only early season question mark.
“The back line
we’ve been messing around with her early on,” Sabedra said. “We’ve been
experimenting a lot and have a pretty good idea of what we want to do back