Step one is
The Chesterton boys
soccer team took the first step toward defending its state championship with
a 5-0 victory in the championship game of the IHSAA Valparaiso Sectional on
Saturday against Merrillville.
Merrillville would come out with high pressure and we had to figure out how
we were going to play into the wind,” Chesterton head coach Lucas Sabedra
said. “We had to keep the ball on the ground and find gaps.”
The Trojans did
just that as Robbie Capehart and Liam Grimes scored to give Chesterton a 2-0
lead at the half.
“We got two goals
in the first half and it opened things up,” Sabedra said. “ When we get
early goals, it changes the dynamic of the game.”
CHS took any
thoughts of a Pirate comeback away quickly as Capehart and Ryan O’Dell each
scored in the first minute of the second half.
“We always talk
about getting the first goal of the second half and how it changes all the
momentum,” Sabedra said.
Zack Bowser scored
the game’s final goal and dished out two assists in the victory. Nathan
Arthur and Carter Nance (2) also added helpers.
Charlie Eaton (3
saves) and Peter Girzadas (1 save) teamed up to record the shutout in goal.
“Solid defense all
around,” Sabedra said. “We’ve really been working on our shape and it says a
lot about us that Charlie (Eaton) doesn’t have to make a lot of saves.
That’s a team effort.”
The Trojans will
play on Saturday in the IHSAA Penn Regional at 12 p.m. against Northridge.
Nathan Arthur 1 assist; Robbie Capehart 2 goals; Zack Bowser 1 goal, 2
assists; Ryan O’Dell 1 goal; Liam Grimes 1 goal; Carter Nance 2 assists;
Charlie Eaton 3 saves; Peter Girzadas 1 save.