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Trojan Boys win Soccer State Championship

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By TR HARLAN

Robbie Capehart’s name will long be remembered.

The Trojan junior headed home a corner kick from senior Bailey Arthur with 27.4 seconds left in double overtime against Zionsville to secure CHS’ first boys soccer state title on Saturday.

“In practice, we work on corners all the time,” Capehart said. “My job is to make a run at the near post. I knew Bailey (Arthur) would get the ball there. It was just whether or not I would make the run. I made the run, the ball was perfect and I just converted. It’s surreal.”

Chesterton forced a late corner kick as Arthur played the ball off a defender and then drifted to the corner to restart play.

“How many times have we been in this situation, the second half of overtime?” Chesterton head coach Lucas Sabedra said. “The clock does not define how we’re going to end the game. If anything, it motivates the boys. It’s their will. All you have is that last 30 seconds, so they have nothing to lose.”

Capehart’s heroics dented the scoreboard, but sophomore goalkeeper Charlie Eaton kept the game scoreless.

Eaton recorded six saves in the victory, including two point-blank shots. The first came in the 48th minute when Evan Miller’s drive was deflected away and the second with just under 7:00 to play.

Zionsville’s Jack Seamands tried to beat Eaton to the near post, but a diving save kept things tied.

“Charlie was our MVP of that game,” Sabedra said. “He had three giant saves that really could earn him a full-ride scholarship tonight. He played absolutely brilliant. He’s so athletic. He’s only 6-feet tall and to cover the entire span of the goal like that, he’s such an athlete, and he’s so good.”

For Chesterton, it was the fourth overtime game during the State Tournament. The Trojans beat Crown Point in overtime in the Sectional semis and Penn in overtime in the Regional semis. A penalty kick shootout win over FW Carroll sent them to the title game.

“We’ve grinded out a lot of close, overtime games during the tournament,” Capehart said. “It’s kind of our motto -- we don’t stop fighting. The game’s never over.”

IHSAA State Championship

AT INDIANAPOLIS

Chesterton 1, Zionsville 0 (2 OT)

Chesterton -- Robbie Capehart 1 goal; Bailey Arthur 1 assist; Charlie Eaton 6 saves.

Zionsville -- Sam Allen 4 saves.

Records: Chesterton 21-0-2; Zionsville 17-2-3.

 

Posted 10/29/2018

 
 
 
 

 

 

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