The Chesterton boys
soccer team has been living on the edge as it has progressed through the
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.
off Fort Wayne Carroll 3-1 in PKs after the teams played to a 0-0 tie
through regulation and overtime.
(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.
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
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.
couldn’t break through against the Chargers’ defense, but still found a way
“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