Hey Northwest Indiana soccer fans. A great week to be a follower on the pitch this week! Some terrific matchups across the Region as we head into Week Five of the 2011 campaign. Only two weeks until the sectional pairings come out the morning of Tuesday, September 27th, so it's the beginning of Gut Check Time for conference standings as teams try and get positive momentum heading into sectionals the week of October 3.
Tonight's marquee matchup features the undefeated Chesterton boys side travelling to 5959 Broadway to take on once-beaten Andrean. Chesterton also has a huge DAC matchup on Wednesday night against state-ranked number two Lake Central, so a big week for Jaime Sensibaugh's team! They come in with six shutouts in eight matches, a record of 7-0-1, and two goals given up all year long! They have tickled the onion sack 25 times, led by Jonathan Blake and Ben Molnar with six and seven goals scored respectively.
On Tuesday night, our award-winning soccer coverge continues on Regional Radio Sports, with a Lake and Porter County doubleheader. Both matches will determine the final outcome of the Northwest Crossroads and Duneland Athletic Conference girls races, as Griffith travels to Kankakee Valley, live on WJOB 1230 AM and rrsn.com, and Crown Point travels to Valparaiso (at Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Viking Arena) live on WEFM 95.9 FM and rrsn.com. The Crown Point Bulldogs are smarting after dropping their first two matches of the season this past weekend down in Marion County, as they lost to Indianapolis Brebeuf 4-1 and then were shutout by Hamilton Southeastern 9-0. Meanwhile, the Vikings were vanquished by their nemesis and state-ranked South Bend St. Joseph's on Saturday night by a score of 4-0.
Kankakee Valley lost to state-ranked Concord 1-0 at their own invitational this past weekend, and also had a solid 4-3 win over a strong Boone Grove side. Sophomore Hannah Wilder (16G 5A) continues to impress for the Kougars along with sweeper Jen Soberiejski and freshman keeper McJenzie DeMars. Griffith comes in with their first lost of the season to a strong Lake Central team, but played the Indians tough on a wet field at the Panther Den. Krystal Mendoza paces the Panther attack, with Amy Bubala continuing the family tradition of shutting down opponents between the pipes for new head coach Wally Kudyba.
Crown Point is being led this season by Sarah Rivich (6G 9A), Amy Adams (7G 6A), and Abi Small (9G 3A), while Valparaiso counters with captain Kate Johnson (8G 4A), Kaylee Pullins (8G 2A) and the defense of Sara Tumbas and keeper Emma Kurt.
Wednesday night will have a dandy on the dias, as the undefeated and state-ranked Lake Central's boys side hosts the Chesterton Golden Trojans. Lake Central continues to roll despite the transfer of Manny Rios, as other student athletes hve stepped up in their effort to repeat as a state championship. The Tribe come in with a record of 8-0-2 and are led by Ethan Donovan, Kyle Uzubell, Randy Maksimik, Josh Crague, and Paul Junokas. Last year, Lake Central defeated Chesterton at the Field of Troy by a score of 3-1.
No rest for the weary Lake Central boys on Thursday night, as Jim Prasopolous' Munster Mustangs come a calling in a nonconference matchup on Thursday night. The 'Stangs are off to another solid start at 6-1-1, and are being lead offensively by forward Zarko Coric ((11G 5A) and Sam Smith (4G 4A). Evan Kattan has been solid between the pipes with 4 shutouts, including three in row against Chesterton, Griffith, and Merrillville! Two other great nonconference matchups Thursday night on the girls side feature Chesterton (6-2-0) travelling to Wheatfield to take on the Kougars (6-3), while Hanover Central takes the trip to Griffith to battle the Panthers.
Two huge nonconference boys matches with statewide ranking ramifications on the schedule for Saturday. Armando Garza, who recently picked up his 100th career victory at Bishop Noll, leads the Warriors (9-0) in a tussle with the Chesterton Trojans (can the Trojans have a tougher week!). BNI is led by one of the top players in the state in center midfielder Angel Zamudio (15G 5A) . In the Summit City, number-one Class 2A FW Canterbury hosts the 7-1-1 Valparaiso Vikings. Any time you can see two Hall of Fame coaches on the sidelines at the same time, it is certainly worth the price of admission. Danny Jeftich and Greg Mauch have each hosted the trophy down at Kuntz Stadium for the Vikings and Cavaliers respectively.
It is certainly a great week to be a soccer fan in the State of Indiana! Get out and enjoy the matches and let us know how we are doing with our soccer coverage in the Region by checking out our website at rrsn.com. Just go to "RRSN Soccer Coverage" in the lower left-hand corner of the RRSN home page, then click on the "Contact" link at the top of that page and give us your feedback.