CHESTERTON | The Chesterton boys soccer team got off to a fast start against Merrillville Wednesday.
The Times No. 3 Trojans scored four goals in the first 15 minutes and claimed an 8-1 victory over the Pirates in a Duneland Athletic Conference game.
“Whenever we get an opportunity to get one early, we need to take advantage of it,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said.
Billy Biehl scored three goals for the Trojans (4-1, 2-1 DAC). His first two goals came in the ninth and 10th minutes, respectively. The two goals were 73 seconds apart and gave Chesterton a 3-0 lead.
“It was right in front of me. I saw the goal was open, and I just took the shot,” Biehl said of his first score.
He added a goal in the 44th minute to complete the hat trick.
“He’s a good soccer player. He’s going to take advantage of any opportunity he gets out on the field,” Sensibaugh said.
Nick Barango opened the scoring in the fourth minute. Zach Froman took the initial shot and Merrillville keeper Bradley Brack made the stop, but the deflection came right to Barango, whose shot went into the lower corner past Brack.
“One goal went in and we kind of put our heads down,” Merrillville coach Brian Past said. “There were goals where they were moving and we weren’t.”
Colin Ringas added two goals for the Trojans. His first goal came in the 15th minute when he took a cross from Barango and took a shot across the goal mouth past Brack.
James Halpin and Jared O’Dell also scored goals for Chesterton, which tallied a 14-3 edge in shots on goal, including a 10-1 mark in the first half.
“Taking shots and putting shots on frame are a lot different, and obviously our shots were on frame,” Sensibaugh said. “We made the keeper have to make a save, and that is always going to bode well for you.”
Caleb Gymrek and Fernando Zepeda combined to make three saves for the Trojans.
Luis Sanchez put Merrillville (0-5, 0-3 DAC) on the board in the final minute with a goal, and Brack tallied six saves.