PORTAGE | Chesterton coach David Galloway and his Trojans can officially cross one of their team goals off the list.
The Times No. 1 Trojans controlled play from start to finish and clinched a share of the Duneland Athletic Conference regular season title with a 4-0 win over Portage on Tuesday night.
Chesterton (10-1-2, 6-0 DAC) will try to clinch the outright DAC title next week against LaPorte.
“At the beginning of the season you have certain team goals that you like to set, and one of the goals obviously is to win your conference,” Galloway said. “The DAC has been a physical, tough conference every year for us, and this year is no exception.”
Chesterton, which had a 13-2 edge in shots on goal, jumped in front 1-0 in the 16th minute on a shot from Kaylee Lindahl. She dribbled inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot from the near side that beat the keeper to the far post.
“It’s always nice to get the first one,” Galloway said. “It breaks the ice a little bit and see if we can put the ball in the net. As games drag on like that and a team hangs around it can get a little more difficult.”
Bridget Brendza put the Trojans ahead 2-0 late in the first half on a header off a Katie Green corner kick.
Savannah Watson and Claire Galloway each posted a goal in the second half to push the final margin to 4-0.
“We like the fact that we got different people that are able to take the shot and put it on frame,” said Galloway. “That’s a big plus for this team. They don’t have to count on one individual, and that way the other team can’t focus on one person.”
Green finished with two assists.
Bree Coleman made nine saves for Portage (3-8, 1-5).
“She has been amazing for us,” Portage coach Gina Swenson said. “She had never played soccer before this year. Our starting keeper was injured the first game of the year and she had to jump right in.”