By TR HARLAN
For the second
time in three years, the Chesterton girls soccer team is wearing an IHSAA
dominated from the opening minute and shutout Valparaiso 4-0 at Portage High
School Wednesday night to earn a berth in Saturday’s Valparaiso Semistate.
CHS will face Penn at 9:30 a.m.
“I knew this
summer this was going to be a special group,” Chesterton coach David
Galloway said. “We have eight very solid seniors. We carry around a brick
and every foundation has to have a solid brick. I asked them what their
contribution was going to be.
“I think you saw
didn’t take long getting on the scoreboard with a goal from Lauren Seawright
just 4:03 into the game off a restart crossing pass from Abby Beierwalter.
Stephanie Fisher dished out her first assist of the game at the 22:50 mark
when she found Ashton Balch for a 2-0 lead.
Stephanie not to worry about the stuff off the field,” Galloway said. “Just
concentrate on playing her game and I thought she played very well.”
The lead grew to
3-0 when Fisher battled a pair of Valparaiso defenders in front of the box
and slid the ball past Viking goalkeeper Emma Kurt at the 31:24 mark.
“All three were
very nice goals,” Galloway said. “The score being 3-0 at halftime was nice,
but I wasn’t surprised.”
touches on the game came when Fisher got her second assist as Amanda Kollar
came free at 51:28 to beat Kurt and set the final score.
“I was really
happy with our defense again,” Galloway said. “That’s our fourth straight
shutout in the tournament. I have all the confidence in the world in that
defensive three (Catherine Pannekoek, Seawright and Katie Behrendt) and our
goalkeeper (Carly Furto).”