The Chesterton boys
soccer team took every shot they could in the final six minutes, but ran out
The Trojans dropped
a 2-1 decision to Evansville Memorial in the IHSAA Class 2A State
Championship game on Saturday in Indianapolis.
“I’m very proud of
them,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “They shouldn’t hang their
heads. I know it stings right now especially when we were knocking on the
door for so long.”
The Trojans had the
first real opportunity to score when Derek O’Dell took a shot in the game’s
13th minute that found the far post and ricocheted out of harm’s way.
Just two minutes
later, Memorial’s Andrew Cross took a pass from Sam Donano to make the score
“The first goal was
beautiful,” Sensibaugh said. “We gave the ball away in the midfield and the
kid just buried it. The wind was a big factor in the first half. It was
knocking down everything and they won a lot of the 50-50 balls. We really
couldn’t generate much, but I felt good that we’d have it in the second
mustered many opportunities in the second half until Cross got loose again
in front of the goal with 22:40 left to play to make the score 2-0.
“The second goal,
I’ll have to watch it on the film, but we probably shouldn’t have given that
one up,” Sensibaugh said. “That turns out to be the game-winner.”
Trailing by two
goals with just 20 minutes to play, Chesterton began pushing numbers
“When you are
ahead, you play to preserve it,” Sensibaugh said. “That helped us a little
bit because we were able to push forward because they weren’t as aggressive
trying to score on our end.”
broke the ice with 5:01 to play when Derek O’Dell crossed a ball into the
box and found the head of Owen Hallas to cut the lead in half.
“You can’t give
up,” Hallas said. “We feel like if there is time on the clock we can come
back. Anything can happen in this game, we play hard and we play for each
The Trojans put
even more pressure on the Tigers’ defense in the final minutes, but couldn’t
get another shot past goalkeeper Max Durchholz.
“We had a lot of
shots on goal,” Sensibaugh said. “The kid made a couple of great saves in
the final stretch. We outshot them all night and just couldn’t get the goals
we needed. Just unlucky. I really thought it was just a matter of time until
we tied the game.”
Evansville Memorial 12-5 on the day.
Sensibaugh said. “You hate to lose your last game, but we played hard and
were resilient all year. We knocked off some really good teams just to get
here. We gave it our best shot.”
graduate 12 seniors from this year’s club.
“These seniors have
a lot of wins in their careers,” Sensibaugh said. “We’d have loved to send
them out on top and walk off the field with a win. It just wasn’t in the
cards. Every day on the practice field, in the school and classroom and in
the community, they’ve done everything as a coach I could have asked of