CROWN POINT — Considering the 2011 Crown Point soccer team won the state title, the 2012 season turned out to be disappointing.

It wasn’t disappointing in terms of enjoying a winning and successful season, but somewhat of a letdown in terms of how the end of the season unfolded.

The Bulldogs lost to LaPorte in a Duneland Athletic Conference game to end up with only a share of the league crown instead of the outright title.

Crown Point then saw its season come to a sudden halt, losing the first game of the Merrillville Regional to Lake Central.

The way this year’s Bulldogs have been playing so far, the 2013 team seems to be on a mission to capture a second state title in three years.

After a convincing 5-0 win over Andrean (7-7) on Saturday afternoon, second-year head coach Mike Bazin’s Bulldogs (13-0-1) look like they’ll be difficult to beat.

“Last year we learned a valuable lesson,” said CP senior Stojan Krsteski, who scored the only first-half goal and added two assists.

“We played at 100 percent, but it’s like we weren’t always going all the way (at times). We want it this year, more than anything else. It’s a fun team. We all have each other’s backs all the time. We possess (the ball) more and we push each other more.

“It’s all a team thing. Everybody on this team. Every player on the bench gives something and contributes. When they come in the game, they’re ready.”

Krsteski is definitely correct.

For example, junior Mason Mantis came off the bench to score a pair of goals in a span of 5:35 late in the second half, turning a 3-0 lead into a commanding 5-0 advantage.

“Our success is everyone giving 110 percent,” Krsteski said. “That’s why we’re here. We just feel comfortable with playing together and having the people (we have) around us.”

Nate Brower added a goal and an assist, while Carmello Morales also scored a goal for CP. Brad Kurtz assisted on the first goal Mantis tallied.

“We’ve really kind of come into our own throughout the season,” Bazin said. “I feel like we’ve never skipped a beat. Every game poses its own struggles, but along the way, our kids have always adapted and continually improved.”

“To their credit, they’ve managed to stay motivated all season long. They won’t forget what happend last year.”

These ‘Dogs are ultra-motivated and hellbent on making amends for the 2012 finish.

“This group has never let off the gas pedal at all,” Bazin smiled. “It started this summer and hasn’t slowed down a bit. They’ve managed to keep their drive and motivation throughout the season.”

Andrean coach Pete Reist said his team got too fatigued in the second half. It showed, as CP scored four times in the final 27 minutes.

“We came in trying to mark up on a few of their key players and trying to deny them,” Reist said. “I think we got a little tired second half and played a couple of guys a little loose. The dam broke and it ended up being (5-0).”