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Late barrage just misses for Trojans in Soccer State Championship game

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The Chesterton boys soccer team took every shot they could in the final six minutes, but ran out of time.

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 1-0 Tigers.

“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 half.”

Neither team 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 forward.

“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.”

Chesterton finally 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 other.”

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.”

Chesterton outshot Evansville Memorial 12-5 on the day.

“Great year,” 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.”

The Trojans 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 them.”

IHSAA State Championship


Evansville Memorial 2, Chesterton 1

Chesterton -- Owen Hallas 1 goal; Derek O’Dell 1 assist; Ethan Conway 3 saves.

Evansville Memorial -- Andrew Cross 2 goals; Sam Donano 1 assist; Marky Lara 1 assist; Max Durchholz 11 saves.

Records: Evansville Memorial 19-4-1, Chesterton 16-4-2.



First Downs 10 12

Total Net Yards 214 305

Rushes-Yards 42-150 46-242

Passing-Yards 64 63

Comp.-Att.-Int. 3-5-0 2-6-1

Penalties-Yards 1-10 0-0

Punts-Avg. 3-40.0 1-41.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 4-2


LaPorte 7 3 0 7 -- 17

Chesterton 0 0 7 0 -- 7


L -- Scott Cooper 35 pass from Nolan Lorenz (Juan Villa kick)

L -- Villa 45 field goal

C -- Mason Kaletha 85 run (Sammie Campaniello kick)

L -- Brennen Long 3 run (Villa kick)


Posted 11/1/2016




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