There was plenty of
quality talent on display in Thursday’s girls’ soccer match between
Chesterton and Valparaiso.
Ben Forgey and the Trojans, it was talent on the other side that prevailed
as junior Sophia Jaime scored four goals for the host Vikings in a 5-1
Duneland Athletic Conference win.
“You don’t see her,
but you know where she plays and her pedigree tells you she’s going to be a
good player,” Forgey said of Jaime. “To be fair, two of her goals, (goalie
Carley Balas) saved and it popped back to her, but that doesn’t mean she
wasn’t a threat in the first half. She got off several good crosses.
“She’s a good
player and they’ve got a lot of good players, like we do. Their good players
(had) more goals than our good players did.”
2-0) tallied seven corners in the first half, and 11 for the game, including
a Jaime corner that appeared to bounce off of Chesterton for a 3-1 Valpo
lead in the 64th minute.
“They’ve got a lot
of quality they can rotate in and out, we’ve got quality, too,” Forgey said.
“It took a lot for us to get back in the game. We conceded a lot of corners.
In the first half, you can look at the number count we gave them all the
practice they needed to be comfortable on corners.
“You can’t say they
didn’t deserve that second goal based on how many corner kicks they had,
whether we conceded them or they earned it. Their pressure got them back in
Jaime had opened
the game’s scoring in the 19th minute off of a cross in from Kate Weber.
Kayla Green had the other goal for Valpo.
“The girls came in
with a lot of positive energy and they definitely came out and used our
field to the best of its advantages,” Valparaiso coach Rob Cespedes said.
“Their footwork, some of these girls just have such great footwork. We were
able to win some balls in some tight spots and we finished them.
“One thing you’re
always concerned about when it’s even like that at 1-1, things can get
really tight. Even after the goal we weren’t clear how we’d respond but we
got it back together again, and found those connections and one-two passes.
The offensive attacks have been really impressive.”
1-1) regrouped early in the second half with senior Addy Joiner netting the
equalizer off an assist from senior Sophie DeRuntz.
“The first half, we
stayed together, didn’t get behind them much,” Forgey said. “The second
half, (getting behind) was a priority, but it also opened us up. Look at
lots of moments in the second half, we gave as well as we took, but that
goal changes the game and then we have to try to chase.”
For Forgey, it
really came down to the corner kick goal as it led to the backbreaking goal.
“When they got that
second goal, it was disappointing that we lost concentration and we concede
again two minutes after that,” he said.