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Trojan girls soccer falls in regional semifinals

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With rain rampant across Northwest Indiana on Saturday, it made for slick playing conditions and a soccer match that was going to be won on a typical play.

Tied at zero for the first 72 minutes of the Class 3A South Bend Regional semifinals, Munster’s Adeline Andello’s rebound goal finally broke the deadlock lifting the Mustangs to a 1-0 win over Chesterton.

“We knew it was going to take something weird like that play to happen to win this game,” Chesterton coach Jason Conway said. “With the weather, I think (Chesterton keeper) Molly (McLaughlin) was trying to be a little bit cautious and keeping the ball in front of her. She’s a really smart goalie and I totally trust her in goal.

“She wasn’t the reason that goal was scored, a lot of stuff happened in front of her. We let the ball get in deep to Andello and we can’t do that.”

Munster (14-3-2) dominated possession in the first half but managed only four shots on goal. Chesterton’s best chance in the opening 40 minutes came on a steal and a shot by Addy Joiner from about eight yards out but her shot was saved in the center of the net.

The Trojans collected early chances in the first few minutes of the second half, but Munster keeper Grace Helmer was able to turn away shots from Sydney Stott and Olivia Hansen.

Chesterton’s offensive chances were scarce for the remainder of the match.

“We knew that Munster was a good team and they defend well,” Conway said. “The hope was to play the game we’ve been playing all year and not try to do anything different. Defensively, we knew there were a couple girls we wanted to mark. Ultimately, wanted to have our style dictate the way the game went.”

Chesterton (16-4), who carried a 15-game win streak into the match, was shutout for the first time since playing Penn on August 19.

“We’ve scored a lot of goals this year, but they’ve been in spurts,” Conway said. “Sometimes the goals come, sometimes they don’t and (Saturday) was one of those days where they didn’t. We had opportunities and just didn’t necessarily get a good foot on the ball.

“It was wet, muddy and with the emotion of the game added on to that, it makes it a tough game to be successful and we weren’t able to finish.”

Molly McLaughlin made 12 saves for Chesterton. The keeper is one of a group of 13 Trojans’ seniors.

“The girls set out goals to win the (Duneland Athletic Conference) and sectionals and they did both of those,” Conway said. “These girls are a fantastic group and had a lot of success on the field. I think more of that success came off the field though, in terms of building relationships and teaching each other how to treat one another.

“They created a good, positive culture in our program and that’s always one of the most important things we talk about. This group of girls, more than any other group, has really taken that in and made that be what they wanted to be a part of their legacy.”

Conway hopes the experience his younger group gained this season will parlay into next.

“We had a good mix of seniors and younger players,” he said. “(Addy) Joiner and (Sydney) Stott are back after playing as freshmen and (Caroline) Liapes and (Olivia) Vesling contributed as sophomores. We had young players play a lot for us this year.

“Any time you lose 13 seniors, you lose a lot, especially in the leadership realm. That’ll be the biggest thing we’ll have to replace. The younger girls will have to step up and realize someone has to be a leader and decide who wants to be it.”

ĘIHSAA South Bend Adams Regional


Munster 1, Chesterton 0

Munster -- Adeline Andello 1 goal; Juli Nelson 1 assist; Grace Helmer 6 saves.

Chesterton -- Molly McLaughlin 12 saves.

Records -- Munster 14-3-2, Chesterton 16-4.



Posted 10/16/2017




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