GRIFFITH | Chesterton didn't expect a cake walk in its last regular season game, and the Times No. 4 Trojans got all they could handle in a 2-1 win over No. 6 Griffith on Thursday night.
"Griffith was a great team tonight," Chesterton coach David Galloway said. "They played us very hard, and we appreciate the fact that they did that."
Chesterton scored first when Bridget Brendza broke free in the 14th minute. Brendza's shot scooted just by Panther keeper Amy Bubala to the left side.
At 28:01, Brendza won a 50-50 ball deep in Griffith territory and scored another, nearly an identical goal, to give the Trojans a 2-0 lead.
"I'm happy to get out of here healthy," Galloway said. "This is a tough environment to play in."
Griffith had its chances in the first half -- both teams had five shots -- but couldn't find the nylon.
"That's actually probably the best game we've played this year against a very good opponent," Griffith coach Wally Kudyba said.
In the second half, Panther senior Krystal Mendoza put three shots on goal in the first 15 minutes. Each came on a breakaway, but all were stopped by Chesterton goalie Alex Bucko.
Griffith's star midfielder Cindy McInerney also had an open shot from inside the box in the 71st minute, but it sailed to the right of the post.
Chesterton didn't put a single shot on goal in the second half, while the Panthers took five.
McInerney finally got Griffith on the board at 77:32.
Galloway said his team looked good it the final tuneup before postseason play.
"You don't want to (finish the season) with those games that go eight or nine to nothing," he said. "I was very impressed with what Wally (Kudyba) has done with this team."
Griffith finishes its season with Northwest Crossroads Conference rival and sectional opponent Highland on Saturday.