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Boys soccer: Crown Point turns it on in second half to beat Clark

Crown Point senior Bay Kurtz (left) congratulates his brother freshman Brad Kurtz making first goal game Crown Point High School

Crown Point senior Bay Kurtz (left) congratulates his brother, freshman Brad Kurtz, on making the first goal of the game at Crown Point High School on Monday, September 23, 2013, in a 4-0 nonconference win over Clark. Bay scored a goal of his own later in the game. | Jim Karczewski\Sun-Times Media

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Updated: October 25, 2013 6:24AM



CROWN POINT — Mike Bazin delivered a message at halftime to his players.

“I told them we passed like a bunch of six-year-olds in the first half,’’ the Bulldogs’ coach said matter-of-factly. “We couldn’t make a simple pass. I told them we needed to get the simple things done right like passing the ball better and connecting our passes, because we had made some bad decisions.’’

The Bulldogs (11-0-1) received Bazin’s message loud and clear and performed a lot better in the final 40 minutes in their 4-0 non-conference win over Clark (4-7) Monday night.

“After playing in the Pike Tournament this weekend we started out a little rough — not really the way we wanted to,’’ Crown Point senior Bay Kurtz said. “I think we were a little fatigued and we weren’t really playing with our heads in the first half.’’

Kurtz assisted on the second of two goals by Carmello Morales — on a beautifully well-executed play — helping the ‘Dogs increase their 2-0 halftime lead to 3-0.

Kurtz then scored on a sweet unassisted play of his own to close out the scoring at 76:37.

“Coach told us at halftime that we needed to keep our composure and play like we have since the beginning of the season — and that’s keep the ball moving,’’ Kurtz said. “It’s how we play. How we want to play and how we’ve been successful.

“Our team really plays good defense, too. Our defense is the building block for our attack.’’

Clark coach Stefen Hutchins his team’s injury problems didn’t help matters against the rabid ‘Dogs.

“We’re kind of the walking-wounded at the moment,’’ he said. “Luis (Campos), the center of our defense, tweaked an ankle in the first half and Juan Pinto was injured in the second half (ankle).’’

Crown Point used first-half goals by Brad Kurtz — with Tod Oram assisting — and Morales, who scored unassisted in the 26th minute, to build a 2-0 lead at the break.

“We made two mistakes on their first two goals, and it cost us,’’ Hutchins said. “Our kids were looking for calls when they should have been marking their man. I thought for the most part, though, we hung with them.’’



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