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No. 1 Chesterton Boys win in 2 OT

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By TR HARLAN

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.”

Crown Point 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 before halftime.

“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.

“We were 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 PK.

“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.”

Charlie Eaton recorded four saves in the victory.

Chesterton will face Portage on Saturday night at 7 p.m. for the Sectional title.

IHSAA Sectional

AT PORTAGE

Chesterton 3, Crown Point 1

Chesterton -- Seth Conway 1 goal; Zack Bowser 2 goals, 1 assist; Charlie Eaton 4 saves.

Crown Point -- Hayden Eaton 1 goal; Jack Mumaugh 5 saves.

Record: Chesterton 16-0-2.

 

 

Posted 10/4/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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