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CHS girls soccer team seizes control of Duneland Conference

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The Chesterton girls soccer team went into Tuesday’s showdown with Lake Central with a chance to all but wrap up a Duneland Athletic Conference title.

With wins over top competitors Crown Point and Valparaiso already in hand, Chesterton hosted Lake Central and took another step towards a conference crown with a 3-0 win on Tuesday.

“Ultimately, we have two more games to go that we need to take care of and have to finish those. .... if you look ahead, you never know what can happen,” Chesterton coach Jason Conway said. “The girls have to keep the right mindset that the conference is ours to win and then take care of it. If they play like they did (Tuesday), I like our chances.”

Chesterton keeper Molly McLaughlin’s six saves were enough to earn the clean-sheet notching a pair of saves on Lake Central’s best chances in the first 20 minutes of the opening half.

“Our back line played incredible and Molly McLaughlin had her game of the year, so far,” Conway said. “She kept us in it early. L.C. had a couple of chances in the first half that they could’ve scored one to make this a completely different game. L.C. is a very good team and they can finish, but Molly really shut that down.”

The Trojans (9-3, 5-0) have not surrendered a goal in their last five matches, as Conway credited an adjustment the team made towards the beginning of the season.

“We put Courtney Krol in the back and I knew that’d make us really strong defensively but I was afraid it would take away from us in the attack. That’s why we didn’t do it right away,” Conway said. “Once we came back from the South Bend St. Joseph Invite, we felt like that was something we needed to do and we’re seeing the rewards of having Madi (Callaway) and Courtney’s presence back there.”

Carley Perkins’ shot in the 12th minute was saved on the near post by L.C. keeper Madeleine Radowski but it gave a sign of things to come for Chesterton. She put on another attempt five minutes later, followed by a shot on goal from Addy Joiner right after. Joiner’s next shot in the 20th minute off a cross into the box from Brinley Fowler gave the Trojans a 1-0 lead.

“We got great individual efforts from Carley, Addy and everyone up top. It was a really good team win,” Conway said. “We work on good combination play and playing the ball quick. We also work on getting in behind the defense and getting our numbers up and that starts with Carley and her ability to get behind the defense.

“Our offense goes with that style of play. The girls’ having a lot of trust in one another is a huge part of it, too.”

Perkins’ goal in the 53rd minute gave the Trojans a two-goal lead, followed soon after by a Callaway goal as she tapped home a loose ball off a free-kick from Krol.

"I didn’t even think the one I scored was going in but you just have to take the shot and hope it goes in,” Perkins said. “It was a tough angle, but being left-footed helps shooting at those weird angles. Whenever we get a goal, we get on our toes and then we get one right after. That seems to be happening a lot lately in our wins.”

Chesterton has now rattled off eight wins in a row with a 36-3 advantage in that span.

“The girls played unbelievable (Tuesday), that’s really what it boils down to,” Conway said. “We have an expectation for the style of play we want to play and the girls executed it tremendously. We always talk about being able to play a good defensive game and what that does for our chances to win.”

Chesterton 3, Lake Central 0


Chesterton -- Addy Joiner 1 goal; Carley Perkins 1 goal; Madi Callaway 1 goal; Courtney Krol 1 assist; Brinley Fowler 1 assist; Molly McLaughling 6 saves.

Lake Central -- Madeline Radowski 8 saves.

Records: Chesterton 9-3 (5-0 DAC), Lake Central 8-3-1 (3-2 DAC).



Posted 9/13/2017




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