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CHS Boys work extra for 4th straight Sectional title

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You might as well have been watching a movie.

Senior Charlie Eaton wasn’t going to let his team lose. The senior goalkeeper made a game-saving save, scored a goal and then made the game-winning save in a span of five minutes to push the Chesterton boys soccer team to a Sectional title victory over Crown Point on Saturday.

“Charlie is extremely fun to watch,” Chesterton Asst. Coach Austin Haire said. “You can’t describe that kid. To see that raw talent he has, I don’t think I can explain how good he is and is going to be.”

With the game on the line in the shootout, Eaton made a stop of Dominic Bixeman’s shot to force sudden death tied at 3-3. Eaton immediately turned around and delivered a goal past CP goalkeeper Jared Hecimovich for a 4-3 lead.

Eaton return to the goal and blocked Cristian Espinoza’s shot to give the Trojans’ their fourth consecutive Sectional title.

“Charlie is the sixth guy. He would have been in the top five, but we went over the last day of practice,” Haire said. “We decided if it went into sudden death, he’d be the first guy. It worked out. He got to score the goal and make the save too.”

Crown Point opened the scoring when Kristian Simakoski scored on a pass from Gavin Stagg for a 1-0 lead.

“We knew the game plan and it didn’t change. They played very direct,” Haire said. “When it got to the last 14 minutes, you just find the will to win and our guys did. We know what we want to execute and how to do it. We know that our system works if we just stay with it and play our game.”

Before the Trojans could score the game-tying goal, they lost head coach Lucas Sabedra to a second yellow card, earning an ejection.

“We didn’t have to do anything,” Haire said of taking over the top job. “These guys work every single day. They know their jobs and they do it. I didn’t think about it at all. I was just there to steer them in the right direction.”

Chesterton finally tied the game in the 65th minute when Hecimovich stopped a penalty kick by Zack Bowser, but left a rebound that Bowser pushed over the line to tie the score.

After a 14-minute scoreless overtime, the Trojans got goals from Nick Biel, Ryan O’Dell and Matt Marmolejo to set up Eaton’s game-ending theatrics.

“We have experienced guys that have been through this before,” Haire said. “They all reacted perfectly.”

The Trojans return to the field on Saturday for the IHSAA Goshen Regional where they will take on Plymouth at 10 a.m. The winner faces the winner of Elkhart/Munster at 7 p.m. for the title.

IHSAA Sectional

Chesterton 4, Crown Point 3 (shootout)


Chesterton -- Zack Bowser 1 goal; Charlie Eaton 7 saves.

Crown Point -- Kristian Simakoski 1 goal; Gavin Staff 1 assist; Jared Hecimovich 13 saves.

Record: Chesterton 17-2; Crown Point 12-3-3.



Posted 10/12/2020




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