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No. 1 Chesterton Boys Soccer Team wins Semistate title, headed for championship game

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The Chesterton boys soccer team has been living on the edge as it has progressed through the postseason.

At Saturday’s Class 3A Kokomo Semistate, the Trojans went to penalty kicks for the first time, after two overtime wins and other narrow escapes.

Through all of it, though, the top-ranked and undefeated team has just continued to roll.

Chesterton knocked off Fort Wayne Carroll 3-1 in PKs after the teams played to a 0-0 tie through regulation and overtime.

The Trojans (20-0-2) will try to secure the program’s first state title when they play No. 2 Zionsville (17-1-3) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the championship game at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium. They reached the final in both 2016 and 2007.

Senior goalkeeper Nick Harmon starred for Chesterton against Carroll (17-3-2), entering the Semistate after sophomore Charlie Eaton was injured on a play in which the Chargers received a red card.

Harmon had five saves and another during the PKs, on Carroll’s first attempt. He helped the Trojans play through wind, rain and snow after the start of the game was delayed about 45 minutes because of the weather.

“I just get in there and it’s all mental, especially when it’s this type of weather,” Harmon said. “You feel like an icicle, you can barely move. But you have to put all of that to the side and focus on the game.”

With or without Charlie Eaton, Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said Harmon would have been the goalkeeper for penalty kicks. Sabedra praised Harmon’s combination of size, athleticism and hands.

“He’s our guy, we’re throwing him in there,” Sabedra said. “Without a doubt, he’s our best option. He stepped up so big. It was his moment. He won it for us.”

Jack Eaton, Zack Bowser and Soren Vagenius converted penalty kicks for Chesterton. Harmon’s save, one Carroll PK off the crossbar and another over it mixed to net the Trojans the win after four shots.

Chesterton had a man advantage after Carroll’s Michael Frank was shown a red card with 16:40 left in the first half. Charlie Eaton was run into, forced to leave the game and was carted away.

“They went in studs up and came across both his legs,” Sabedra said. “He has marks across his legs -- it was nasty. It was so dangerous, there was no question it was a red card.”

Junior forward Seth Conway was given a yellow card with 43 seconds left in the half for what was deemed an intentional handball and will have to sit out the State Final because of an accumulation of cautions.

The Trojans couldn’t break through against the Chargers’ defense, but still found a way to advance.

“We are a second-half and rallying team,” Harmon said. “That’s been a thing throughout the season -- we come back and win all the time. That’s a theme of our season.”

IHSAA Semistate


Chesterton 0, Fort Wayne Carroll 0 (Chesterton wins 3-1 in penalty kicks)

Chesterton -- Charlie Eaton 2 saves; Nick Harmon 5 saves.

Fort Wayne Carroll -- Nathan Fey 7 saves.

Records: Chesterton 20-0-2, Fort Wayne Carroll 17-3-2.


Posted 10/22/2018





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