MERRILLVILLE | Shots rained down off of maroon-clad legs all night.
Overall, Times No. 4 Chesterton put 30 shots—22 on goal — on Merrillville en route to a 7-0 Duneland Conference win Tuesday.
"Our whole objective is to put more balls over that goal line," coach David Galloway said. "Whether they go in the goal or not, the idea is to shoot the ball and hopefully some of those can get caught by the net."
Bridget Brendza had three of her shots caught by the net.
The Trojans (4-2, 2-1) opened up the scoring with in the sixth minute when Tia Peters dripped a tear drop from about 20 yards over the head of Merrillville keeper Alyssa Bailey and just under the crossbar.
About 10 minutes later, Brendza took a nice feed from Elizabeth Benson and beat Bailey to the far-side lower 90. The Trojans took a 2-0 lead into the break.
"I had a little halftime speech and told them we weren't playing the way we were trained to play," Galloway said.
Brendza scored her second goal at 49:13. After weaving in and out of traffic in the box, the junior put a deke on Bailey and deposited the ball in the back of the net from a few feet away.
"Throughout the game, I kept missing on the far post," Brendza said. "I decided to switch it up and take it into the goal, literally."
Only a minute later Chesterton scored again. This time Madisyn Coudriet tallied the goal and it was 4-0 with just under 30 minutes to go.
Sam Wilson added a score at 62:42 and Nicki Kollar got another seven minutes after. Brendza's finished the hat trick with two minutes to go.
Bailey, a freshman, picked up 15 saves for the Pirates.