Boys soccer: Crown Point wins DAC title outright
By Nick Nochevich Star correspondent October 8, 2013 12:28PM
Updated: October 14, 2013 8:25AM
CROWN POINT — After suffering a late loss last season that resulted in a share of the Duneland Conference title, Crown Point made it a priority to win the title outright. That goal was accomplished with a 5-0 victory over Michigan City last week.
Crown Point (14-0-1, 7-0 DAC) shared the title last year with Valparaiso and set their sights on an outright title and did it in grand fashion with an undefeated season.
“It is great to win the title and go undefeated but we know we can not be judged on what we did during the season, the focus turns on to the post season,” said Crown Point coach Michael Bazin.
CP secured the shutout with another impressive defensive performance led by Spase Dorsuleski. The stellar senior was instrumental in the middle holding Michigan City to only three shots on goal.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win the title outright and undefeated. It was a goal of ours right after we lost last year to LaPorte and we were able to achieve that goal through our focus, drive, and commitment to improving from last year,” Dorsuleski said.
The Dogs had several attempts in the first half and finally capitalized in the 22 minute on a goal by Erik Eksten.
Crown Point senior Stojan Krsteski took a pass from Bay Kurtz and drilled it to the back of the net to spark the Crown Point offense that went on to score three more goals by Brad Kurtz, Carmelo Morales, and Bay Kurtz to wrap up the win.
“We seem to not score right away in the first half, but then something will spark us and we find a way to get things going, along with knowing we have a great backfield to protect us is a great feeling for me,” Krsteski said.
The Wolves (3-12, 1-6) did have a bright spot in the game on the stellar play of goalkeeper Sam Mallon, who made 12 solid saves on the night.
“We built on our character, confidence, and motivation and we are looking forward to starting postseason play,” Dorsuleski said.