Those were just
some of the words used to describe Chesterton senior Billy Biehl’s eventual
game-winning goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Valparaiso.
Biehl scored off a
set piece in the 31st minute when Jared O’Dell passed to Trent Weller who
sent the ball to Biehl as the senior cut toward the goal, catching
Valparaiso’s defense off-guard. Biehl kept his eyes locked on Valparaiso
keeper Billy Yogan and finished the play without hesitation.
“That was perfect,”
Biehl said. “We practice that one all the time. It was an easy finish for
me. Trent laid it off perfectly.”
The goal marked the
fourth straight game in which the Trojans have scored off set pieces, a goal
that coach Jamie Sensibaugh set before the season began.
“It works a lot
more in practice, but never that well,” O’Dell said.
One of the reasons
the play worked so flawlessly was because O’Dell called an audible just
before the play developed. Knowing that the Vikings were bound to know how
much Weller is a scoring threat, O’Dell called for the ball to end up with
Biehl. As the defense continued to focus on Weller, the junior easily
flipped the ball to Biehl to earn the assist.
Valpo and they’re our rivals,” O’Dell said. “We know each other pretty well
so they know Trent is going to be a key part of the play.”
Chesterton’s second goal with 25 seconds left in the first half to give the
Trojans a 2-0 lead going into halftime. The junior took a feed from Nate
Needham and beat the defense for his sixth goal of the season.
The Vikings battled
back in the second half and had several opportunities to get back in the
match but they could never quite finish the play. Sensibaugh was thrilled
with his team’s play in the first half but pointed to the second half as
having room for improvement.
“In our pursuit to
get better, the second half we needed to possess and keep control of the
game a bit better. We let some balls get away,” Sensibaugh said.
Chesterton -- Billy
Biehl 1 goal; Trent Weller 1 goal, 1 assist; Nate Needham 1 assist; Joey
Dishman 2 saves.
Valparaiso -- Billy
Yogan 4 saves
Chesterton 4-0 (2-0 DAC); Valparaiso 1-1-1 (1-1 DAC).