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
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.
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
“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
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.”