CROWN POINT — Chesterton's girls soccer team did a bit of everything in a dominant 4-0 win over Crown Point on Tuesday.
The Trojans even dabbled in public address announcing.
Already holding a 2-0 lead midway through the first half, senior Madi Callaway lined up to take a free kick just as Crown Point public address announcer Mike “the Hot Dog Guy” Adams announced a "throw in." Callaway, standing as close to the press box as she could be, yelled “free kick!” to the press box as a correction.
“Thank you, Madi,” said Adams, who is known in C.P. as the seller of hot dogs in front of the Old Lake County Courthouse. Callaway responded with a thumbs up.
It was that kind of night.
“This is probably the best game that we’ve played from beginning to end all year long,” Chesterton coach Jason Conway said. “You want to play 80 minutes of complete soccer, and sometimes that’s hard to get a team to do that, but tonight it happened with every player on every possession.”
Chesterton jumped on Crown Point early with the aid of a friendly bounce.
Trojans senior goalkeeper Molly McLaughlin booted a long kick in the third minute that took a high bounce over a pair of Bulldogs midfielders to Chesterton senior forward Carley Perkins on the run.
Perkins sent in a cross from the left side of the field to teammate Addy Joiner in front of the goal. The freshman’s initial attempt was blocked, but she followed the rebound and cleaned up the score on a second effort.
“I thought that really helped get us going,” Callaway said.
Callaway doubled the Trojans lead in the 10th minute on a 40-yard bomb of a free kick that Crown Point senior goalkeeper Grace Lynch didn’t seem to expect. By the time she made her move, the ball was already out of reach and on its way into the back of the net.
The game got out of hand in favor of the visitors at the three-quarter mark of the opening half first with a goal from senior Jenna Wadding and then with Joiner’s second score of the night to make it 4-0 in the 31st minute.
“We pretty much treated this like the DAC championship,” Callaway said. “They were ranked No. 1, we were ranked No. 2. We knew we were going to need a team effort like that.”
Crown Point was active in its attacking third throughout the evening but wasn’t able to make a critical connection at any point during the contest. McLaughlin made six saves for her Trojans to hand Crown Point its first loss of the season.
What appeared to be a goal for the Bulldogs in the 66th minute was called offsides.
“The girls played hard in the second half. I can’t fault them for that,” Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut said. “The problem is you just can’t give up that many goals that early. ... You can’t do that against a team like this.”
With the win, the Trojans moved to 4-0 in the Duneland Athletic Conference with wins against the top-ranked Bulldogs and No. 3 Valparaiso to their credit.
“We are in a good spot,” Conway said. “Obviously this is where we wanted to be after this game, but the girls did a great job of putting themselves in this position to put us in a spot where we’re hopefully winning the DAC.”