Ben Forgey wants
his trophy back.
losses to Valparaiso in the IHSAA Sectional, the Chesterton girls soccer
team will be looking to reclaim the title as the 2020 season begins tonight.
“We remember how
last season ended and we want to right that ship,” Forgey said. “Losing in
penalties is tough, but it’s still us having to find a way to knock Valpo
off. And we want to get that right.”
leader for the Trojans is senior forward Addy Joiner. Joiner has netted 52
goals over the past two seasons.
“We had a jamboree
last weekend and Addy had two goals each half,” Forgey said. “The stats and
numbers she’s put up speak for themselves. We play a tough schedule and she
has had such a great consistency over the first three years.”
Hackett and sophomore Gina Geenen should help with the scoring punch. Geenen
tallied 10 goals last year.
The strength of the
team may come in the midfield with the trio of senior Sydney Stott, junior
Kaitlyn Kogl and sophomore Grace Bamber.
“They are three
really creative and dynamic players and they combine so well together,”
Forgey said. “We won’t be a team where you can just shut down one player.
Teams will have to defend with a lot of people against us.”
In goal, junior
Carley Balas returns after an honorable mention All-State selection as a
“To get that kind
of recognition as a sophomore isn’t common,” Forgey said. “She does
absolutely everything you was a goalkeeper to do.”
uncertainty is the defense in front of Balas as three starters left to
graduation. Senior Alaina South is the lone holdover.
“Alaina is our one
returning starter from a group that helped us to 14 shutouts last year,”
Forgey said. “It’s her turn to lead the defense.”
Other candidates to
play in the back include sophomores Ingrid Hurst, Adie Schneider, Emma
Vetroczky and senior Nikki Groceman.