introduction to the Chesterton/Valparaiso rivalry as a head coach will
certainly be a memorable one for the first-year girls soccer coach.
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.
with two goals on the evening while senior keeper Anne Marie Radzik added
“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
“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.
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
Valparaiso tied the
match in the 60th minute on a goal from Lexi Ferngren, setting up Lindahl’
Valparaiso 2 (OT)
Desiree Bell 1 goal; Kaylee Lindahl 2 goals; Kayla Schneider 1 assist;
Jessica Leake 1 assist; Anne Marie Radzik 9 saves.
Stephanie Sgouroudis 1 goal; Lexi Ferngren 1 goal; Grace Withrow 1 assist;
Ingrid Wagner 1 assist; Madison Ochs 9 saves.
3-2 (2-0 DAC); Valparaiso 2-3 (1-1 DAC).