Trent Weller found
the back of the net with ease. Jared O’Dell sprinkled in a goal and even got
credit for one he didn’t completely finish.
All went right for
the Chesterton boys soccer team on Monday afternoon - save one defensive
miscue - as the Trojans opened their season with a 6-1 rout over Boone
“Very happy with
our opening performance,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “We always
have problems playing at Boone Grove for some reason, so scoring early and
often was nice to see.”
David Mudd and
Jason Garmany each added a goal and Billy Biehl looked impressive with two
assists in his first regular-season game since suffering a facial injury
against Andrean last season.
“Playing at 4:30,
being the first game and playing at a field that we don’t normally do well
at, there was a lot that was working against us here,” Sensibaugh said. “I
thought that we possessed the ball well and I thought that we finished well.
It was a good start.”
Weller opened up
the scoring less than six minutes into the match and then added another goal
in the 28th minute as the junior looked every bit the same scoring threat
that emerged last season when Biehl was sidelined.
“We were excited to
get out on the field,” Weller said. “We played hard from the start. This
gives us some confidence moving forward.”
miscue came in the 9th minute when Boone Grove’s Nick Azevedo took advantage
of a misplayed ball and dropped a shot over the head of Trojan keeper Joey
Dishman. Dishman had four saves in his first start since taking over for the
graduated Caleb Gmyrek.
“Joey was good at
coming off of his line,” Sensibaugh said. “He was a little jittery in his
first real action but he is a good, solid keeper. The goal wasn’t so much
his fault as it was the defense and (they) stepped up and took
responsibility for that.”
Mudd answered Boone
Grove’s goal less than four minutes later, taking a nice feed from Noah
Brickley. Weller and O’Dell each added first half goals and the Trojans
(1-0) took a 4-1 lead into halftime.
Garmany scored less
than six minutes into the second half and O’Dell was credited with a second
goal after he took a shot that was deflected into the goal by a Boone Grove
take the field again on Wednesday night when the Trojans open their home
slate against Duneland Athletic Conference rival LaPorte. It will be the
first conference game for both schools.
“I think you see
the biggest jump in a team between their first and second games,” Sensibaugh
said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to work.”