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No. 3 Chesterton beats No. 5 CP 1-0

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Coaches and athletes often talk about taking things one week, one game or one play at a time. That wasn’t the case for the Chesterton boys soccer team on Wednesday night.

The Trojans had been looking forward to their annual tilt with Duneland Athletic Conference rival Crown Point on Wednesday and when the lights came on, Chesterton was ready to shine.

Seth Conway connected on a direct kick in the 62nd minute for the lone goal as the Trojans knocked off the Bulldogs in a game that felt bigger than just one result.

“I felt very confident in the way that we were playing tonight,” Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said. “We talked about this game all week. We’ve been looking forward to this game for a long time.”

The Trojans (8-0-1, 4-0) beat Crown Point twice last season, including a 3-1 double overtime postseason thriller that helped push Chesterton to an eventual state title. There was little doubt that another match with the Bulldogs would prove to be a difficult task.

“This was one of the biggest competitions we’re going to have this season,” Conway said. “This is one of the best teams we’ll play in the (DAC).”

A scoreless first half was free of any real intrigue until the Trojans forced the issue late in the half with a shot on goal that Crown Point keeper Jared Hecimovich turned away with a diving save. Chesterton kept on the pressure in the second half and Conway found himself with a free kick opportunity midway through the half.

“I saw that the wall was slightly to the left, more than it probably should have been,” Conway said. “I just curved the shot around and it went in.”

The goal was Conway’s 20th of the season and just the fifth allowed by Crown Point this year. Sabedra quickly adjusted his lineup to play a more defensive scheme in the final 18 minutes of the match. The Bulldogs came close to manufacturing some opportunities, but they ultimately came up short.

“We went to a more defensive lineup,” Sabedra said. “Winning 4-0 isn’t (realistic). You have to think tactically.”

The win puts Chesterton in position to win another DAC title with a handful of conference games remaining. Next up for the Trojans is a road contest at Highland, and a reprogramming of goals after they tackled a big one on Wednesday night.

“This is the one we’ve been focusing on all season on the back burner,” Sabedra said. “That’s the best game we’re going to play all year, probably one of the best games in the state.”

Chesterton 1, Crown Point 0


Crown Point -- Jared Hecimovich 3 saves.

Chesterton -- Seth Conway 1 goal; Charlie Eaton 1 save.

Records: Crown Point 7-1 (3-1); Chesterton 9-0-1 (4-0).

Junior Varsity

Chesterton 1, Crown Point 0

The Chesterton junior varsity improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in DACplay with a 1-0 victory over Crown Point on Wednesday night.

Ethan Schlyer scored the Trojans’ lone goal, while Ethan Boedeker and Quintin Krygier combined for the shutout in goal.


Posted 9/12/2019




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