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No. 1 Trojans play for State Title

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By TR HARLAN

One more win to realize the dream.

The top-ranked Chesterton boys soccer team (20-0-2) will face No. 2 Zionsville (17-1-3) on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Chesterton time at Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis for the Class 3A State Championship.

“They like to transition to offense and put a lot of pressure on you,” Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said of the Eagles. They’ve got a main target up front in (junior Ben Weidner). He’s a left, so we’ll mark him and try not to give him too much space. They’ve got some creative guys in the midfield that aren’t afraid to fire a shot from 30 yards out.

“They are just an all-around strong team and they’ve only given up nine goals this season.”

The teams have three common opponents with Zionsville beating Avon (2-1) and Munster (1-0), while tying Penn 1-1. The Trojans beat Avon (3-1), Penn (3-2) and Munster (2-0).

“This is a special group,” Sabedra said of his team. “I’ve known about them since 7th grade. It’s the younger guys that have stepped on the field as freshman and sophomores that have shown me their character. It’s a great mix of guys and their very confident in each other across the board.”

Offensively, the Trojans are led by Zack Bowser with 20 goals, but will be playing without Seth Conway (18 goals) after he received a yellow card in the Semistate game and must sit out because of an accumulation of violations.

“It’s something we just have to deal with,” Sabedra said of the loss. “The next guy has to come through and we’ve talked all year about our depth. We have so many kids that are capable of starting for this team. Whoever steps into that spot as we move kids around will be able to do the job.”

Also returning for the Trojans will be sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Eaton who missed part of the Semistate game with an injury.

“He looks pretty good,” Sabedra said. “He’s a little bruised up, but he’ll be OK.”

Both teams are playing in their third State Championship game in program history. Zionsville was runner-up in 2008 and champion in 2009. The Trojans were runner-up in 2007 and 2016.

“We’ve been down one and two goals and the boys never seem to lose their cool,” Sabedra said. “They always believe we’ll just go down and score a goal. That’s a great confidence to have in yourself. I still don’t think we’ve played our best game yet.

“Maybe it’s Saturday.”

Girls Cross Country

The Chesterton girls cross country team will run for a State Title on Saturday as they head to Terre Haute for the IHSAA State Finals.

“We are going into the State Meet seeded in the top 20,” Chesterton coach Lindsay Moskalick said. “I believe the girls can surprised a lot of people and finish in the top 15 and maybe the top 10. Anything can happen at the State Meet.”

Senior Shelby Bullock has the been the leader for Chesterton all season.

“Shelby has the potential to finish very high in the State Meet,” Moskalick said. “There are going to be a lot of girls that are at the same fitness level as her. She is going to have to be willing to push the pace and stay with those girls. If she does that, who knows how high she can finish.”

Moskalick, Hattendorf when she ran for the Trojans, took over mid-season and has watched the team progress through each stage of the playoffs.

“This experience has been great,” Moskalick said. “I'm so glad I was given this opportunity, even if was mid-season. I've always wanted to come back to Chesterton and coach. This group has a lot of potential and I look forward to developing this program into what it once was--a state medal caliber team.”

Boys Cross Country

Chesterton senior Nathan O’Connor will finish his Trojan career in Terre Haute on Saturday at the IHSAA State Finals.

“Last year, as we exited Lavern Gibson State Cross Country course, I had a discussion with Nathan about whether or not he would like to be back here next year fighting for a top 25 spot. Nathan has worked extremely hard since that point to put himself in a position to challenge for a top 25 spot and earn All-State honors.”

Both Ray, and O‘Connor, are surprised by the development.

“This is not something he thought about coming into our program,” Ray said. “He was just worried about making varsity at some point and contributing to our top 7. Nathan is no where near the fastest runner, but he may be the best guy that we have ever had here at Chesterton in not slowing down. He is running as close to his potential as anyone that we have ever had and with that, he has etched his name into our rich history as one of our great runners.

“I couldn't pick a better kid to represent our program.”

 

Posted 10/26/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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