The date was
circled on the calendar, and when it finally arrived, it delivered.
girls soccer team won the IHSAA Sectional title on Saturday over No. 4 and
previously undefeated Valparaiso 2-0 at CHS.
“We knew the
Sectional was coming down to us and Valpo whatever night it was going to
be,” Chesterton coach Ben Forgey said. “This is the game we both circled.
It’s the two best teams in the Region meeting up. They were undefeated and
really good. But, we are good too.
“When they beat us
early in the season, we weren’t the same team we are now.”
With Valpo having a
strong wind behind their back in the first half, the Trojans were content to
put numbers behind the ball and wait for a counterattack.
They got one at the
29:23 mark of the first half when Addy Joiner sent a ball through to Gina
Geenen for a 1-0 Chesterton lead.
better and better,” Forgey said. “We’ve got talent. We’ve got a great work
rate and all that it takes to win these games.”
The game remained
that way into the second half when Joiner connected from 32 yards out into
the upper 90 of the goal on a direct kick to set the final score.
“This is what Addy
does,” Forgey said. “It’s not just the goals, but it’s the assists and
coming back to the ball. Drawing fouls to get us an advantage. Leading from
the front like she does is just incredible. What a great kid.”
Valpo peppered the
goal with shots, but Trojan goalkeeper Carley Balas was up to the task.
Balas recorded 13 saves on the night.
“She’s an All-State
caliber goalie,” Forgey said. “She’s not a full-time, full-year goalie. Some
of the goals we gave up early in the year were just from rust.”
The Trojans have
won 12 in a row to improve to 14-4 on the season and have recorded eight
“We graduated three
starting defenders and now we have three sophomores back there,” Forgey
said. “You can’t expect that to be a seamless change. We play a tough
schedule in the beginning of the season and got those kids minutes. We
talked about how to defend and work together and they’ve been outstanding.”
face off against Crown Point on Saturday in the IHSAA South Bend Adams
Regional beginning at 12 p.m. The winner will face the winner of Penn/South
Bend St. Joe on Saturday night a 7 p.m.