Girls soccer: Crown Point needs OT to edge Munster
By Will Culbertson Post-Tribune correspondent October 10, 2012 11:47PM
Crown Point's Sarah Rivich, left, celebrates her game-tying goal with a ateammate during the Bull Dogs regional game against Munster at Valparaiso Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012. Crown Point would go on to win 3-2 in overtime. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 12, 2012 12:10PM
VALPARAISO — Soccer is a game of two halves, but sometimes regulation isn’t enough.
After finishing regulation tied, Crown Point junior Anna Eksten scored her second goal in the 84th minute to lead the Bulldogs to a 3-2 victory in overtime over Munster.
“Anna is a really nice player and Rachel (Marczewski) gave her an excellent pass which she was able to bury,” said CP coach Chris Mikrut.
Trailing 2-0, the Bulldogs (16-3) came out of halftime with a sense of urgency. Three minutes into the second half Eksten bested Munster (17-3) keeper Parin Patel to pull the Bulldogs within a goal.
Then with 13:46 minutes remaining, Bulldog senior Sarah Rivich scored the equalizer from 30 yards out to shift the momentum. “We realized that if we didn’t score, we were facing our last 40 minutes of play,” Rivich said.
While the Bulldogs owned the second half and overtime, it was the Mustangs that controlled the first half. Both teams seemed to feel each other out for the first 20 minutes of the first half. But with 16 minutes left in the half, Mustangs’ sophomore Cayla Bales broke open the scoring by sneaking a goal past Bulldogs’ keeper Meghan Morasan for her eighth goal of the season.
The Mustangs (17-4) tacked on their final goal minutes later when forward Allyson Goodrich notched her 13th goal of the season by breaking through the Bulldog defense to put the Mustangs up 2-0 at halftime.
Mustangs Head Coach Valerie Pflum was disappointed after the loss. “We knew it was going to be a good game, but we had a successful season. Of course, we wanted to win the regional but unfortunately it didn’t happen for us.”
“The first 40 minutes were probably our worst 40 minutes of the season,” Mikrut said. “But I’m proud of the way we played and the effort our girls showed.”