CHESTERTON | When an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, something’s got to give – eventually.
Such was the case on Wednesday night when Portage, riding a seven-match winning streak, traveled to Times No. 3 Chesterton, which had won three consecutive games.
Chesterton sophomore Trent Weller's goal just two minutes into the first overtime period was the difference in the Trojans' 2-1 Duneland Athletic Conference win.
The Trojans (11-2, 3-2) had been trying to run a set play after a free kick from about 50 yards out. When the play broke down, Weller recovered the ball from a scramble in the box and rolled the ball across the goal line. Chesterton had another free kick in the second overtime period, from about 15 yards out on the near sideline, but the ball was lost out of bounds for a corner kick.
Portage (9-3, 3-2) was never able to get its offense going in the overtime periods. The Indians’ best opportunity came with under two minutes remaining in the second overtime period on a free kick nearly 70 yards away from the goal. Once regulation ended, time of possession heavily favored the Trojans.
After a slow start for the Trojans, Jameson Sensibaugh opened the scoring with an acrobatic goal at the 12:21 mark, gathering the ball out of the air and scoring to the far post in one motion. Just under seven minutes later, Eli Fleming scored the equalizer for Portage on a cross from Matt Ford.
Time of possession was remarkably equal throughout regulation as the ball made trip after trip from one end of the field to the other. Scoring opportunities just were not there, however, as the teams combined for just five shots on goal.
Caleb Gymrek made two saves for Chesterton, while Portage keeper Cody Simmons had one.