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CHS boys soccer team beats Valpo with late goals

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It was just a matter of time before Chesterton broke through.

The Trojans didn’t register a shot on goal until the 25th minute of the first half, but remained on the attack, eventually breaking through for two goals late in a 2-1 win over Duneland Conference foe Valparaiso at Viking Arena.

“I told them at halftime that we were playing the better soccer and that it was a matter of time,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “We had some golden opportunities and just had to take advantage and finish them.”

Chesterton (3-0-1, 2-0) found itself chasing a goal only five minutes in after Valpo’s Blaise Sellers was able to draw a penalty shot in which Justin Roth converted.

An impressive dribbling exhibition by Harley Lohmeyer in the 16th minute gave the Trojans their first good look to tie, but his shot sailed high off his left foot. Following Bailey Arthur’s chance in the 25th that was stopped by Valpo keeper Blake Mersman, it was Jake Donovan who was robbed of a goal as Mersman flung his foot out in a last ditch effort to keep it 1-0.

“Their keeper made some great goal-saving saves throughout and their defenders made some nice second, third-effort plays in the first half,” Sensibaugh said.

Out of the half, Arthur had a shot that was saved and a few minutes later, the Valpo defense was able to clear another Trojans threat.

In the 65th minute, Chesterton’s Sam Weller was shoved from behind, drawing a penalty shot for the Trojans to be taken by Caleb Haire. Haire’s shot went high and wide to leave the Vikes out in front.

“That missed penalty stirred the hornets’ nest and changed the complexion of the game,” Sensibaugh said. “If we tie that up there on the kick we have a lot of momentum. I’m thinking even with missing the kick, it still took some wind out of Valpo’s sails.

“When they got out ahead 1-0, normally they’re going to drop back but the game stayed open and that served us better. We went more on the offensive and put our money-makers in positions where we needed them and once we got ahead then we dropped our guys back and held on.”

The Trojans drew a corner kick just a few minutes later when Arthur would link with Seth Conway who hammered it home for the tie.

“Set pieces are really big for us and we try to score on any one we can get,” Arthur said. “We have to take our opportunities and take advantage of them.”

A few minutes later, the lead was Chesterton’s on another set piece set up by Arthur. This time, it was Jack Eaton on the receiving end and netting the game-winner. Both of Chesterton’s goals came within two and a half minutes of one another.

“We felt that coming,” Eaton said. “After the penalty kick, we knew we were getting chances and figured we can get some more. The miss was just a mistake and everyone makes those, so we just kept our heads up. The energy from the bench and our subs was great and it was just a great team win.”

Chesterton 2, Valparaiso 1


CHESTERTON -- Seth Conway 1 goal; Jack Eaton 1 goal; Bailey Arthur 1 assist; Doug Filipek 1 save

VALPARAISO -- Justin Roth 1 goal; Blake Mersman 6 saves.

RECORDS -- Chesterton 3-0-1 (2-0 DAC), Valparaiso 1-1 (1-1 DAC).


Posted 8/24/2017




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