Each owning one
loss in Duneland Athletic Conference play, Tuesday’s showdown between Crown
Point and Chesterton was even more important in the sense of the conference
Whoever loses would
be two games out and all but eliminated from contention, but the winner
stays right in the thick of things.
No. 18 Bulldogs entered with a scoring average of just over six a game, so
the host Trojans defense needed to be at the top of its game. And it was.
Holding potent C.P.
scoreless for 78 minutes, the Trojans put together an impressive performance
in a 3-1 win.
“Being in the back,
we try not to focus on what they’re doing but more so on ourselves and
staying connected with each other,” Chesterton defender Olivia Vesling said.
“Our chemistry is picking up. Alaina (South) and I are center backs. (We)
try to control the outside backs and try not to let passes through, which
helps us stay solid in the back.
only going to improve more and more and you can tell by the results
(Tuesday) that our hard work in practice is showing. Aside from the Valpo
game, we treated this as our biggest game of the season. We’re chasing a DAC
title and can only get there if we’re winning.”
3-1) remains a game behind Valparaiso and Lake Central.
“If we lost
(Tuesday), we were done for conference,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said.
“Even winning tonight, we still might be done with Valpo and Lake Central in
the driver’s seat but this win gives us hope. More than anything, it gives
us trust in what we’re doing.”
goal in the 33rd minute opened the scoring as the junior fought off
defenders and found the back of the net from close range.
In the 49th,
sophomore Addy Joiner showed some nifty footwork before finding the back of
the net. About 15 minutes later, Grace O’Dell impressively took on a
defender in a one-on-one before curling a shot to the corner.
“We have so many
weapons,” Forgey said. “Just when you think you can double team one of them,
the other steps up. If you think you can contain two or three, then again,
someone steps up.
“We’re more than
just three big names. There’s quality all over the field and you saw it
Bakaitis and Joiner
have each scored at least 10 goals thus far.
“This was one of
the first games in a while where Grace, Ashlee and either Sydney (Stott) or
I connected as one,” Joiner said. “Usually, we’re so good individually that
we don’t use each other, but this was the first game we actually did and it
showed on the scoreboard. It’s taken some time, but I think we have
definitely come together as a team.”
The Trojans will
need another strong performance from a continually improving defense in
Tuesday’s game with DAC unbeaten L.C.
“We’ve always had
good defenders, but they’re getting better at working together and knowing
each other’s tendencies a bit,” Forgey said. “The whole back four and
whatever holding midfielder we had worked together and didn’t let them
through and made it more comfortable than I thought it was going to be.
“The girls all saw
that if we play the right way and continue to play that way, then it’ll look
really nice and we can control a really good opponent like we did.”
Olivia Small scored
the lone goal for the Bulldogs (5-2-1, 2-2) off of an Emmie McConnell corner