When Castle defeated Franklin Central at semi-state, the Knights clinched their first appearance at state since 2017.
It felt great," said Castle Senior Nigel Stoltz. "When we were freshman we made it and lost and having our last chance being able to play the last week of the season it feels amazing but, we're focused and the job is not finished."
"It's redemption for the seniors," said Castle Junior Jackson Mitchell. "I wasn't here yet whenever they went to state, so I was happy that we could get back for them."
After jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the semi-state game, Castle saw its lead cut in half forcing them to tighten up defensively before a late goal iced it.
"He [Stoltz] has the ability to really impact games from the keeper position," said Castle Head Coach Mike Reiter. "They were putting a lot of pressure on us naturally, because their season was on the line, so they're going to throw everything at us. I think coming off his line, getting balls in the air, making reaction saves was big, but it's always great to have him back there as kind of a security blanket for us."
"2-0 is a very dangerous lead in soccer because with one goal, it's a 2-1 game," said Mitchell. "They can tie it up at any minute. So, whenever they score that second goal we knew we had to get compact."
All that stands in the Knights way of state glory now is the Chesterton Trojans, and Castle's strategy is to keep things simple.
"We went over them in the locker room, and they're a great team in the State Finals and we're just going to keep sticking to what we've done all year and keep following our game plan," said Stoltz.
"They can play so," said Mitchell. "We just want to come out and perform to the best of our ability and hope we can come out on top."