The ranking. The
undefeated record. None of it matters anymore.
The No. 1 ranked
Chesterton boys soccer team scored a pair of late goals in the second
overtime Wednesday night to advance to the IHSAA Sectional Championship game
with a 3-1 victory over Crown Point.
“We knew going in
that we would have to grind out wins,” Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said.
“We can’t take any games for granted and we have to show up to play.”
dominated the first half with a strong wind at its back and took a 1-0
halftime lead with a goal from Hayden Eaton just under eight minutes left
“Crown Point played
harder than we did. Flat out,” Sabedra said. “They won every ball in the air
and on the ground. They beat us to every ball in the first half. I thought
they were more afraid to lose than having the desire to win. I thought they
were scared of losing and played timid.
conservative and that’s not how we play.”
CP had a chance to
score earlier in the 23rd minute, but Chesterton keeper Charlie Eaton
stopped a penalty kick from CP’s Eaton.
“That save was
everything,” Sabedra said. “If we go down 1-0 that early it changes the
entire game. It was his first PK save this year.”
The Trojans would
take the wind in the second half and capitalize as Zack Bowser was tackled
in the box to earn a penalty kick with 31:03 left to play. Bowser converted
“The wind was
crazy,” Sabedra said. “We didn’t think it would affect us. It absolutely
did, not only physically, but mentally.”
The game remained
that way into the second overtime when Bowser slipped a pass through the
defense to Seth Conway with 4:12 left to play. Conway beat CP keeper Jack
Mumaugh to the near post for a 2-1 lead.
Just 1:45 later,
Bowser corralled a ball and blasted a shot from 20 yards out that curled
inside the far post to set the final score.
“Zack struggled a
little early. He’s got a heart of gold and will battle to the end,” Sabedra
said. “His last goal was a straight hustle play. He went straight to goal
and found the upper 90. Incredible.”
recorded four saves in the victory.
face Portage on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the Sectional title.