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Penalty kick lifts Valpo past Chesterton boys in DAC soccer match

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By TR HARLAN

The Valparaiso Vikings got the benefit of a call Wednesday night and made it stand up.

The visiting Vikings scored on a Chase Holford penalty kick with 22:18 to play in the game and withstood a late Chesterton charge and picked up a 1-0 Duneland Athletic Conference victory.

“Unfortunate way to lose a game, on a PK,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “It’s part of the game though.”

The Trojans did have a game-tying chance at the 18:55 mark as Nick Barango banged a shot off the crossbar, but it didn’t find the back of the net.

“If we do the things we were supposed to do tactically with what was presented to us, we had good scoring chances,” Sensibaugh said. “Unfortunately, tonight we wanted to do other things. That hurt us at a time when we needed a goal to level the game.”

That meant playing the ball wide and attacking from the flanks, something Senisbaugh yelled repeatedly from the sidelines.

“They bunkered in on us and its hard to score on team’s that do that,” Sensibaugh said. “But, it can be done if you execute. If you don’t execute, you don’t have a prayer.

“We’re all disappointed, but one game doesn’t make or break a season.”

The Trojans had three good opportunities early to put a goal on the board as well.

“I thought early on we had some opportunities that we should have finished and it completely changes the game,” Sensibaugh said. “But, we didn’t.”

Chesterton goalkeeper Caleb Gmyrek and Valparaiso goalkeeper Ethan Lehnen each recorded six saves on the night.

“I can’t fault our heart or our desire,” Sensibaugh said. “They busted their butt out there. Some guys played longer minutes than they had all year.”

The Trojans return to the field on Monday when they travel to Culver Academy. The junior varsity game is set for a 5 p.m. start.

Valparaiso 1, Chesterton 0

AT CHESTERTON

Valparaiso -- Chase Holford 1 goal; Ethan Lehnen 6 saves.

Chesterton -- Caleb Gmyrek 6 saves.

 

Posted 8/23/2012