Datin Ringas had never scored a goal with defenders hovering over him before
That didn’t stop the Chesterton defender from knowing exactly what he needed
to do with the game on the line against Andrean.
Ringas punched in a goal in the 71st minute to give the Trojans a 2-1 win
over the visiting 59ers and give Chesterton a bit of sweet redemption for a
questionable play that occurred earlier in the match.
“I knew that I had to stay calm,” Ringas said. “A lot of guys will get
excited when they have a chance to score and next thing you know, they’re
scoring a field goal.”
Ringas scored on a penalty kick earlier this season, but Monday’s goal
marked the first time that the junior had ever scored in the run of play.
The fact that Ringas was even in the position to score was the result of a
gamble that Chesterton coach James Senisbaugh took earlier in the match.
“Sometimes a guy just looks like he wants to punch one in,” Senisbaugh said.
“Datin had that look tonight.”
The non-conference victory was potentially costly as Chesterton star Billy
Biehl left the game with a head injury after taking a wicked shot from
Andrean’s Daniel Adair at midfield. The crowd erupted with disfavor after
the officials handed Adair a yellow card.
Sensibaugh wanted his team to answer, but not in a physical nature.
“I told the guys that the scoreboard was where (revenge) would hurt the
most,” Senisbaugh said. “We’re not the type of program that attacks
As soon as Biehl went down and the Trojans (8-2) were trailing 1-0, Ringas
made a concerted effort to get his team back in the match.
“I just pressured every ball and went after everything that I could,” Ringas
said. “I wanted to change the entire vibe of the game. I’m not a captain,
but I can still lead. We needed to play hard and get it back for (Biehl).”
Trent Weller scored in the 34th minute to tie the match and then added the
assist on Ringas’ game-winning goal late in the match. Caleb Gmyrek added
six saves while in goal for the Trojans.
“Caleb played a great match and as always, he came up with one or two big
saves that really helped shape the match,” Senisbaugh said.
Chesterton 6, Andrean 0
The Chesterton junior varsity improved to 10-0 on the season with a 6-0
victory over Andrean on Monday.
Scoring for the Trojans were Ray Yagelski (2 goals), Owen Hallas, Tyler
Schroeder, Blake Notzen and Rico Zepeda.
Gabe Mihut had an assist, while Joey Dishman and Bailey Matthys shared