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Trojan Girls shut out Valpo for Sectional title

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The date was circled on the calendar, and when it finally arrived, it delivered.

The Chesterton girls soccer team won the IHSAA Sectional title on Saturday over No. 4 and previously undefeated Valparaiso 2-0 at CHS.

“We knew the Sectional was coming down to us and Valpo whatever night it was going to be,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “This is the game we both circled. It’s the two best teams in the Region meeting up. They were undefeated and really good. But, we are good too.

“When they beat us early in the season, we weren’t the same team we are now.”

With Valpo having a strong wind behind their back in the first half, the Trojans were content to put numbers behind the ball and wait for a counterattack.

They got one at the 29:23 mark of the first half when Addy Joiner sent a ball through to Gina Geenen for a 1-0 Chesterton lead.

“We’ve gotten better and better,” Forgey said. “We’ve got talent. We’ve got a great work rate and all that it takes to win these games.”

The game remained that way into the second half when Joiner connected from 32 yards out into the upper 90 of the goal on a direct kick to set the final score.

“This is what Addy does,” Forgey said. “It’s not just the goals, but it’s the assists and coming back to the ball. Drawing fouls to get us an advantage. Leading from the front like she does is just incredible. What a great kid.”

Valpo peppered the goal with shots, but Trojan goalkeeper Carley Balas was up to the task. Balas recorded 13 saves on the night.

“She’s an All-State caliber goalie,” Forgey said. “She’s not a full-time, full-year goalie. Some of the goals we gave up early in the year were just from rust.”

The Trojans have won 12 in a row to improve to 14-4 on the season and have recorded eight consecutive shutouts.

“We graduated three starting defenders and now we have three sophomores back there,” Forgey said. “You can’t expect that to be a seamless change. We play a tough schedule in the beginning of the season and got those kids minutes. We talked about how to defend and work together and they’ve been outstanding.”

Chesterton will face off against Crown Point on Saturday in the IHSAA South Bend Adams Regional beginning at 12 p.m. The winner will face the winner of Penn/South Bend St. Joe on Saturday night a 7 p.m.

IHSAA Sectional

Chesterton 2, Valparaiso 0


Chesterton -- Addy Joiner 1 goal, 1 assist; Gina Geenen 1 goal; Carley Balas 13 saves.

Record: Chesterton 14-4.


Posted 10/12/2020




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