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Trio of Trojan teams in search of State Finals berth on Saturday

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By TR HARLAN

Every team has a goal of making it to the State Finals.

Three Chesterton High School teams take the last step toward that goal on Saturday as they compete in IHSAA Semistate events.

Things get started for the Trojans at 10:30 a.m. when the girls cross country team competes at New Prairie, followed by the boys race at 11:15 a.m. The top-ranked boys soccer team will face No. 3 Ft. Wayne Carroll at 4 p.m. in Kokomo.

Boys Cross Country

The Trojans will face one of the deepest fields in Indiana at New Prairie on Saturday.

“It’s truly going to take a collective effort from all seven of us to get through to the State Finals,” Chesterton coach Tim Ray said. “The teams ahead of us are so good that in order for us to have a shot, we need to stick to the game plan and be confident in our abilities.”

CHS won the New Prairie Regional last weekend and have run the course three times this season.

“They are such a tight knit group, not only in their abilities, but also outside of school that the strength of this team is not wanting to let the other guy down,” Ray said. “That is very powerful going into an important race. I know at the end of the race they will have given everything they got and as a coach, that's all you can ask for.”

Girls Cross Country

The Trojans return to New Prairie fresh off a Regional title last weekend with their sites set on a State Finals berth.

“It's going to take all seven girls performing to the best of their abilities,” first-year Chesterton coach Lindsay Moskalick said. “The girls are going to need to be aware of which teams are around them and respond to any moves that are made during the race. It is going to be a tight race between 7-8 teams and only six can make it to State.”

Shelby Bullock is the front runner for Chesterton after winning Sectional and Regional titles on back-to-back weekends.

“Shelby is going to have more competition this week,” Moskalick said. “She is going to be competing against girls who are very similar in time and fitness. I've been telling her and the team that anything can happen during the race. Shelby and I haven't really discussed her winning, but more about her racing the competition and seeing where that puts her at the end.”

One of the State’s deepest fields bombard New Prairie, including West Lafayette and Warsaw, who join local teams like Valparaiso, Lowell, Crown Point, Lake Central and Wheeler.

“Some of these teams we haven't raced yet, have raced a few times, or raced every weekend this post season,” Moskalick said. “All of them are trying to punch their ticket to the State Finals just like we are. It's going to be a close race among everyone and will be exciting to see the final outcome.”

Boys Soccer

The Trojans haven’t lost all year (19-0-2), but did fall during the summer to Ft. Wayne Carroll and they remember.

“We played Carroll in the summer and lost to them at IPFW,” first-year coach Lucas Sabedra said. “It was a battle and we saw them celebrate after they beat us. I’m sure the boys remember that.”

The teams will vie for a berth in the Class 3A State Finals.

“If we play our best game, create and pass the ball around, I like our chances,” Sabedra said. “We have to be confident and match their intensity.”

Carroll is led by junior Peyton Fosnough with 16 goals and 10 assists on the season. Senior Nolan Gonzalez has eight goals and junior Sam Michaels has four goals (10 assists).

“They are a big, physical team,” Sabedra said. “They are not a slower build-up team like we are. They play more direct to a target up top and they want to make quick transitions.”

The teams played two common opponents this year in Crown Point and Northridge.

The Trojans beat Crown Point twice (3-1 in 2 OT, 3-0) and Northridge (4-3) in the Regional finals. Carroll beat Northridge 2-1 and tied with Crown Point (0-0).

Chesterton will also be bringing a No. 19 national ranking according to the USA Today, United Soccer Coaches Association poll to the match.

“It’s quite an honor for the team,” Sabedra said. “It puts them on the map and they should be proud of it. I don’t even know if they realize how cool it is to be in that ranking. That’s the coaches poll, not a computer generated one.

“But, it doesn’t score you any goals. It can be gone next week if we don’t take care of business Saturday.”

 

Posted 10/19/2018

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

 

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