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Trojan Girls Soccer falls at Valpo

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By CJ Peters

There was plenty of quality talent on display in Thursday’s girls’ soccer match between Chesterton and Valparaiso.

Unfortunately for 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.”

Valparaiso (3-0, 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 the game.”

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.”

Chesterton (1-3, 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.

Valparaiso 5, Chesterton 1


VALPARAISO -- Sophia Jaime 4 goals; Kayla Green 1 goal; Bella Grisafi 1 assist; Sydney Vorrier 3 saves.

CHESTERTON -- Addy Joiner 1 goal; Sophie DeRuntz 1 assist; Carley Balas 6 saves.

RECORDS -- Valparaiso 3-0 (2-0 Duneland Athletic Conference), Chesterton (1-3, 1-1).


Posted 8/28/2020




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