With rain rampant
across Northwest Indiana on Saturday, it made for slick playing conditions
and a soccer match that was going to be won on a typical play.
Tied at zero for
the first 72 minutes of the Class 3A South Bend Regional semifinals,
Munster’s Adeline Andello’s rebound goal finally broke the deadlock lifting
the Mustangs to a 1-0 win over Chesterton.
“We knew it was
going to take something weird like that play to happen to win this game,”
Chesterton coach Jason Conway said. “With the weather, I think (Chesterton
keeper) Molly (McLaughlin) was trying to be a little bit cautious and
keeping the ball in front of her. She’s a really smart goalie and I totally
trust her in goal.
“She wasn’t the
reason that goal was scored, a lot of stuff happened in front of her. We let
the ball get in deep to Andello and we can’t do that.”
dominated possession in the first half but managed only four shots on goal.
Chesterton’s best chance in the opening 40 minutes came on a steal and a
shot by Addy Joiner from about eight yards out but her shot was saved in the
center of the net.
collected early chances in the first few minutes of the second half, but
Munster keeper Grace Helmer was able to turn away shots from Sydney Stott
and Olivia Hansen.
offensive chances were scarce for the remainder of the match.
“We knew that
Munster was a good team and they defend well,” Conway said. “The hope was to
play the game we’ve been playing all year and not try to do anything
different. Defensively, we knew there were a couple girls we wanted to mark.
Ultimately, wanted to have our style dictate the way the game went.”
who carried a 15-game win streak into the match, was shutout for the first
time since playing Penn on August 19.
“We’ve scored a lot
of goals this year, but they’ve been in spurts,” Conway said. “Sometimes the
goals come, sometimes they don’t and (Saturday) was one of those days where
they didn’t. We had opportunities and just didn’t necessarily get a good
foot on the ball.
“It was wet, muddy
and with the emotion of the game added on to that, it makes it a tough game
to be successful and we weren’t able to finish.”
made 12 saves for Chesterton. The keeper is one of a group of 13 Trojans’
“The girls set out
goals to win the (Duneland Athletic Conference) and sectionals and they did
both of those,” Conway said. “These girls are a fantastic group and had a
lot of success on the field. I think more of that success came off the field
though, in terms of building relationships and teaching each other how to
treat one another.
“They created a
good, positive culture in our program and that’s always one of the most
important things we talk about. This group of girls, more than any other
group, has really taken that in and made that be what they wanted to be a
part of their legacy.”
Conway hopes the
experience his younger group gained this season will parlay into next.
“We had a good mix
of seniors and younger players,” he said. “(Addy) Joiner and (Sydney) Stott
are back after playing as freshmen and (Caroline) Liapes and (Olivia)
Vesling contributed as sophomores. We had young players play a lot for us
“Any time you lose
13 seniors, you lose a lot, especially in the leadership realm. That’ll be
the biggest thing we’ll have to replace. The younger girls will have to step
up and realize someone has to be a leader and decide who wants to be it.”