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Lindahl's OT goal lifts Chesterton over Valpo in soccer

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Jason Conway’s introduction to the Chesterton/Valparaiso rivalry as a head coach will certainly be a memorable one for the first-year girls soccer coach.

Kaylee Lindahl scored the eventual match-winning goal with just under five minutes remaining in the second overtime as the Trojans knocked off host Valparaiso 3-2 in a key Duneland Athletic Conference match on Tuesday night.

Lindahl finished with two goals on the evening while senior keeper Anne Marie Radzik added nine saves.

“It felt completely different inside knowing that I was the head coach,” Conway said. “Any time Chesterton plays Valpo, we know it’s a big game and we want to show well for our school and our community. It’s always an important game.”

Lindahl’s goal came after the Vikings had seemingly seized momentum in the closing stages of regulation and the teams had exchanged scoring threats in the first overtime. Senior midfielder Kayla Schneider found Lindahl’s foot on an attempt and the junior finished the shot to send the Chesterton bench into hysterics.

“It’s probably the greatest feeling I’ve ever had in my life right now,” Lindahl said.

The two rivals battled back-and-forth with each other throughout the night as the Trojans took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 only to see the Vikings respond in both instances. Desiree Bell scored the first goal of the night when her shot deflected off a Valparaiso defender and trickled into the goal in the 18th minute.

The Trojans appeared to take a commanding 2-0 lead late in the first half when the ball got away from Valparaiso keeper Madison Ochs, but Chesterton sophomore forward Lennon Metz touched the ball just before it crossed into the goal and was called for offsides.

“Getting a goal taken away like that is always tough,” Lindahl said. “It just meant that we needed to regroup and play harder.”

The Vikings tied the match with less than a minute remaining in the first half on a goal from Stephanie Sgouroudis. Chesterton regained the lead early in the second half when Lindahl blasted a shot past Ochs. The junior now has four goals on the year, all coming in DAC play.

“I knew when Bridget Brenza graduated that I’d have to be more aggressive in scoring,” Lindahl said. “That’s something that Desiree Bell and I have been working on.”

Valparaiso tied the match in the 60th minute on a goal from Lexi Ferngren, setting up Lindahl’s overtime heroics.

Chesterton 3, Valparaiso 2 (OT)

AT VALPARAISO

Chesterton -- Desiree Bell 1 goal; Kaylee Lindahl 2 goals; Kayla Schneider 1 assist; Jessica Leake 1 assist; Anne Marie Radzik 9 saves.

Valparaiso -- Stephanie Sgouroudis 1 goal; Lexi Ferngren 1 goal; Grace Withrow 1 assist; Ingrid Wagner 1 assist; Madison Ochs 9 saves.

Records: Chesterton 3-2 (2-0 DAC); Valparaiso 2-3 (1-1 DAC).

 

Posted 8/28/2014