Girls soccer: CP battles Culver to weather-shortened tie
By Kevin O’Keefe Star correspondent September 3, 2013 4:12PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 1:11PM
CROWN POINT — The Bulldogs and Culver Girls Academy didn’t mess with Mother Nature Saturday and finished in a weather-shortened 0-0 tie in Crown Point.
The game was stopped in the 49th minute with numerous bolts of lightening in the vicinity.
“I talked with Nate (King-Culver’s head coach) and we decided if there was any hint of bad weather we were going to call the game,” said Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut. “They have a long way to go home and with each lightening strike it is a 30 minute delay and we didn’t want to be sitting here most of the afternoon and evening trying to finish the game. ... Since it is a non-conference game we decided it was in the best interest of the safety of everyone.
“They (Culver) played well but we struggled a little bit with our passes in the first half. Malorie (Henderlong) had a nice rush to start the second half and hit the post in the first half. We got a little bit of help from the wind when we switched sides, maybe we should have started the game that way.”
The first half was a defensive struggle between the two teams as scoring opportunities were held to a minimum. The Bulldogs (4-0-1) nearly jumped on top in the third minute as Henderlong hit the Culver (0-1-1) goal post.
Culver was content playing a very disciplined defensive game packing six and seven players into the goal crease to minimize the Bulldogs’ offensive attack. The Eagles made their first mistake defensively in the 23rd minute by turning the ball over just outside of the goal box but the Bulldogs were unable to capitalize on the giveaway.
The best Eagle opportunity of the half came in the 27th minute as a Jordan Blackburne shot went just wide of the left post and Crown Point keeper Meghan Morasan.
Morasan was rarely tested, being forced to make only three saves in the shortened match and Lizzie Strati made eight saves for the Eagles.