for the majority of goals in soccer matches.
As well as the
Chesterton girls soccer team has played this season, coach Jason Conway
figures the Trojans would be an exception to that rule.
necessarily been doing as well on them as we probably should be,” Conway
the right time to get it right Saturday against Valparaiso in the Class 3A
Portage Sectional Final as the Trojans scored twice on free kicks and
connected on a corner kick at 2:01 of overtime to edge the Vikings 3-2.
“We worked on set
pieces this week,” Conway said. “For us to score all three goals off of them
is amazing. It was huge getting that goal into the wind. Then we didn’t have
to necessarily worry about trying to score. We’ll take goals any way we can
headed in Courtney Krol’s corner kick to break a 2-2 tie.
“It was just me
wanting it,” said the 5-foot-1 Hansen. “Courtney plays perfect corners.
She’s been saying all season, we’ve got to get on the end of it. We’ve been
putting in the work all week at practice. We lost (to Valpo) last year and
we didn’t want to feel that again. We wanted it so bad.”
Conway had high
praise for Hansen and not just for her offense.
“Liv Hansen plays
much bigger than her stature,” Conway said. “She’s the one on the team we
look to for energy. She doesn’t necessarily have all the stats, but more
importantly, she sets the tone for the way we want everyone else to be
playing. We play as Liv Hansen plays. She’s the kid who makes the rest of us
go. We need that from her.”
working with the wind in the second half, pulled even on an Olivia Shaw shot
from outside the box at 46:40. They continued to pepper the net, hitting the
crossbar once and keeping Molly McLaughlin busy between the pipes, but
couldn’t break the deadlock.
“Valpo had momentum
in the second half,” Conway said. “We felt good at the half having a 2-1
lead. We had a lot of conversation about them having the wind and that we’d
have to defend well, but I don’t feel like we defended our best in the
second half. Molly has played a lot of soccer at a high level so she’s used
to a lot of pressure. Her poise is so wonderful and we’re thankful for the
crossbar and maybe a goal post.”
its first goals on free kick rebounds off the gloves of Valpo keeper
Courtney Thomas. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead 22:54 in when Krol’s long drive
caromed back to Madi Callaway for the close-range finish.
After the Vikings
tied the match, the Trojans (16-3) regained the edge in the 35th minute on a
similar play. This time, Krol’s boot deflected to Addy Joiner on the right
side of the goal. Her shot was wide, but Brinley Fowler was alone on the
back side to clean it up.
"Valpo’s a great
team,” Conway said. “They’re so talented. It’s horrible that somebody has to
The Trojans also
edged Valpo 2-1 in overtime during the regular season.