Girls Varsity Soccer Conclude Their Season

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Sarah Sahli, Features Editor, Sandscript Author

The Chesterton Highschool girls varsity soccer team competed in the annual DAC game on September 28th  The final match Chesterton participated in was against the Portage Indians. The competition at the game was of course challenging, however, the Trojan performance was incredible. 

 

“I was a little nervous but confident. I knew that our capabilities as a team were very good. I knew what was on the line this game” said Junior, Adison Schneider.

 

The team began scoring as soon as the match had started and consistently throughout the game. Grace Bamber racked up three goals, Gina Geenen two, and Kaitlyn Kogl, Olivia Montes, and Emma Skalka all contributed one goal. This could not have been achieved without the assists of Ingrid Hurst, Kogl, Hannah Crews, Bamber, and Montes. The success of the team was also a direct result of their goalie, Kori Downs, a freshman who had never participated in a full varsity game until her DAC match. Kori did not allow any Indians the satisfaction of a goal and shined a light on her potential as an individual. In the end, the match concluded with an 8-0 victory for the Trojans. 

About a week later, the Trojans competed in the IHSAA Class 3A Sectional at Valparaiso.  After having their way with Merrillville in the first game of the tournament, the Trojans returned to Viking Field for the championship game against the host Valparaiso Vikings.  Unfortunately, the performance of the team could not equal the previous match. The Lady Trojans came out of the gate sluggish during the first half. With about 10 minutes left in the first half, Valpo midfielder Kate Weber knocked in what would be the only goal of the game.  The Trojans had opportunities to even the score in the second half, but couldn’t quite convert the equalizer. The Sectional Championship concluded with a score of 1-0, in favor of Valpo. The Trojans, although disappointed, were very proud of their overall performance this season. Regardless of the loss, the CHS Girls Soccer team is looking forward to next season when they will return a huge group that features Geenen and Bamber on the offensive end, along with all defenders (Schneider included) in the back.  For now, the 2022 seniors are wishing them well and heading into a new beginning of their own.