By TR HARLAN
David Galloway needed a signature win for his team.
Tuesday night the Chesterton girls soccer team got just what
he asked for with a 3-1 victory over Valparaiso.
“I could talk about every player we put on the field
tonight,” Galloway said. “We’ve won a lot of games the last two years, but
it’s been a while since we really won a big game. Tonight was a big game.”
The Trojans dominated the first half, but only scored one
goal as Kaylee Lindahl crossed a ball to Savannah Watson with 19:13 left in
Watson’s shot was stopped, but a rebound was left in front
and she finished it for the 1-0 lead.
“One of the things we talked about was that they have a
tendency to drop the ball in goal,” Galloway said. “We had to attack that in
case it was left there for us. Savannah is a senior and did a great job of
doing just that and finishing.”
Valparaiso threatened early in the second half as their
intensity picked up, but the Trojan defense was up to the task.
“Valparaiso came out and really attacked the ball to start
the second half,” Galloway said. “Our defense with Madisyn Coudriet, Bethany
Molnar and Kristin Mabry did a great job tonight. Anne Marie Radzik in goal
did a great job too.”
Katie Green pushed the Chesterton lead to 2-0 with a restart
lightning bolt from 30 yards out with 8:45 left to play.
“We’ve been really working on restarts, especially Katie,”
Galloway said. “She’s so dangerous with that. She saw an opportunity to go
near post and hit a great shot.”
Valpo responded with a goal from Kristina Veljovic with 5:40
to play, but the speed of Lindahl led to the clincher.
Lindahl beat the defense down the right sideline, played a
crossing ball in front of the goal to find Kristen Homme to set the final
“When they put the first goal in, I got a little nervous, but
Kaylee Lindahl was very composed and served a great ball to Kristen Homme,”
Galloway said. “Really proud of Kristen, playing on a torn ACL, to show
great leadership tonight.
“There is nothing you can do about speed. It’s something we
pride ourselves on inside the program. Kaylee’s only a sophomore and she’ll
learn to finish some of those opportunities she had tonight.”
Chesterton 3, Valparaiso 1
Chesterton -- Savannah Watson 1 goal; Kaylee Lindahl 2
assists; Katie Green 1 goal; Kristen Homme 1 goal; Anne Marie Radzik 2
Valparaiso -- Kristina Veljovic 1 goal.
Record -- Chesterton 3-1-1 (2-0 DAC).
Chesterton 3, Valparaiso 2
The Chesterton girls junior varsity earned a 3-2 hard fought
victory against Valparaiso Tuesday Night.
Scoring for Chesterton were Paige Gubbe with a pair of goals
and Lennon Metz with the eventual game winner.
Providing assists were Meghan Ramierez, Nikki Achor and
Marissa Sullivan recorded six saves in goal.