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Soccer: Lady Trojans advance to final four

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Firing the shot: Chesterton’s Amanda Harsy (right) tries to shoot past South Bend Adams Brittany Bolden (left) in the sectional championship match Saturday night. (Photo provided by Paul Sharpe)

Getting ready for the goal: Chesterton’s Nicole Halls gets ready to fire a shot. Halls goal proved to be the game winner over South Bend Adams, Saturday night. (Photo provided by Paul Sharpe)

 

By JIMMY KISSEE

The Chesterton girls soccer team is heading back to a very familiar place - state. For the third straight year the Lady Trojans will attempt to bring a state championship home to Chesterton.

The Lady Trojans survived 1-0 victories over Lake Central and South Bend Adams Saturday, in semi-state competition.

“I was getting some gray hairs out there, but in the end we got the goal we needed and our defense was able to hold the lead,” said Chesterton head coach Kip Walton.

The Trojans, however, did not come out unscathed. The Trojans lost senior Marianne Shumaker in the opening match with Lake Central to an ACL injury, while, Nicole Halls injured her ribs in the second match with South Bend Adams and was forced to leave the game.

Halls, however, definitely made the most of the time she was able to play in the semi-state championship match with South Bend Adams.

The senior captain scored the lone goal of the match to lead the Lady Trojans to victory over the pesky Eagles.

“It makes it a little easier,” Nicole Halls said, speaking about scoring the goal and dealing with the injury.

“I am just in a lot of pain right now. Hopefully I will be ready for Saturday.”

Halls stole an errant Eagle pass, dribbled the ball to around the 18-yard mark and fired a laser beam past Eagle goal keeper, Timeka Bailey with 9:27 left to play in the opening half.

This turned out to be all Chesterton (21-2-1) would need to return to Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis this Saturday for a 9 a.m. match with Bloomington South (18-4-2). In the other semifinal, Carmel (23-0) will face Fort Wayne Snider (22-0-1) at 9 a.m. The championship will be held at 5 p.m.

In the opener, Lake Central (10-6-3) gave Chesterton all they could handle, however, for the third consecutive year the Indians were sent home by the Lady Trojans with a 1-0 defeat.

The lone goal of the match came on a beautiful centering pass from senior, Amanda Harsy, which Heather Seerup ran onto and kicked past Allison Dunlop in the 43rd minute of play.

This would be the only scoring of the match as both goal keepers played some outstanding defense. Chesterton’s Ally Ruoff came up with three saves, while Lake Central’s Dunlop tallied six.

The physical play of the first match continued on into the second.

Both teams came out very aggressive.

However, in the end, the Trojans outlasted South Bend Adams 1-0.

“I am stunned right now, two very very physical games,” said Walton.

“In each game we got the goal that we needed and our defense held,” said Walton.

Both teams had some excellent scoring opportunities in the opening half, but Chesterton was the only team which was able to capitalize on one of them.

Much of this was because of the tremendous play of sophomore goal keeper, Ally Ruoff. Time and time again Ruoff was at the right place at the right time to come up with the save.

“It feels great to contribute in these two wins,” said Ruoff.

“Usually our defense keeps the ball away from me, but it was great to be able to be in these games.”

Ruoff finished with four saves in the victory.

“I am kind of in amazement at what we’ve done,” said Megan Shumaker.

“But were not just satisfied with getting there anymore.”

“This is the year, I can feel it,” said Ruoff.

 

Posted 10/28/2002