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CHS girls soccer takes down Crown Point in penalty kicks

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By CJ Peters

CHESTERTON -- It was a match of contrasting styles on Tuesday and for Chesterton and coach Ben Forgey, his defense was going to be put to the test by Crown Point’s pacey players

In the second game without senior captain Alaina South -- who is out for the season with a clavicle injury -- senior defender Nikki Groceman and a trio of sophomores in Ingrid Hurst, Adie Schneider and Emma Vetroczky, were up to task.

Chesterton nabbed a crucial Duneland Athletic Conference win over Crown Point, winning 3-2 on penalty kicks after having played to a 1-1 tie.

The win keeps hopes alive in the conference race, now tied with C.P. in second, and both a game behind Valparaiso. The Bulldogs and Vikings play next week.

“Valpo’s a good team, anything can happen and Crown Point is a difficult team to play against. We had trouble breaking them down in the final third, so getting the win is obviously good,” Forgey said. “We would have loved to tuck one more away in regulation, but that didn’t happen. When you have a Carley (Balas) in goal, you always have faith and we were able to make enough penalties and call it a day.

“Nicki Groceman has been outstanding all year and today was no different. She communicates and leads in the back and she’s the unquestioned leader back there now, especially without Alaina. The defense stuck to the plan, kept the fast forwards in front of them and dealt with mostly everything. Nicki and the other three did an outstanding job.”

The Trojans (4-4, 3-1) opened the scoring in the fifth minute on a header by Gina Geenen from a Grace Bamber free kick. Bamber was also one of three Trojans to convert in the penalty kick round, as did Groceman and Addy Joiner.

“The girls continued to work not only with their feet, but with their head,” Forgey said. “It was an aggressive first half, physical, and you’ll get that with Crown Point every single year without a doubt. We matched that.

“We were so much better at keeping the ball in the second half, whether it was on the ground or we took the space outside or in the middle. We had them chasing and by making them chase, it gave them less opportunities to play the long ball that they really wanna play in.”

While the Bulldogs (6-2, 3-1) did find the equalizer just three minutes later on a Zoey Wells goal, Trojans junior midfielder Kaitlyn Kogl thought the team responded as it needed.

“We just wanted to come into this game and play super hard and when we conceded, we didn’t give up and that was a strong point (Tuesday),” Kogl said. “We kept building each other up. We kept the positivity up and that was really good for us.

We had to step to every ball, mark our players and make sure no one got in behind us. Their forwards are really fast and that’s the danger of Crown Point’s team.”

Next up for Chesterton is Hobart on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m happy with our win tonight, one of the best games we’ve had this season,” Kogl said. “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming games, and this was a big confidence booster going into those.”

Chesterton 1, Crown Point 1 (Chesterton wins 3-2 on penalty kicks)

CHESTERTON -- Gina Geenen goal; Grace Bamber assist; Carley Balas 8 saves.

CROWN POINT -- Zoey Wells goal; Erin Harrison assist; Grace Mumaugh 5 saves.

RECORDS: Chesterton 4-4 (3-1 Duneland Athletic Conference); Crown Point 6-2 (3-1).



Posted 9/9/2020




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