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Girls soccer: Lauren O’Keefe scores game-winner for Crown Point in final minute

Dejected Valparaiso playes walk toward their bench as Crown Point's Lauren O'Keefe left Sarah Rivich celebrate Bulldogs 2-1 victory over

Dejected Valparaiso playes walk toward their bench as Crown Point's Lauren O'Keefe, left, and Sarah Rivich celebrate the Bulldogs 2-1 victory over the Vikings Saturday Oct. 13, 2012. O'Keefe, a sophomore midfielder, scored the game winner with less than a

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Updated: November 15, 2012 6:54AM



VALPARAISO — Taking a shot on goal to win a big game is probably something any soccer player dreams about.

But when you get the chance and the dream comes true, it can make you speechless.

That was the case at the Valparaiso Regional where Crown Point sophomore Lauren O’Keefe pulled off the spectacular dream of hitting the winning goal as time was running out to propel the Bulldogs past Valparaiso 2-1 and capture their second straight regional crown.

With the game tied 1-1 and time running out, it seemed like overtime was inevitable. But that was not the case as O’Keefe took the shot of her life from 25 yards out and 39 seconds left in the game.

She drilled it to the back of the net to give CP the victory.

The shot was spectacular enough to cause the Crown Point faithful to jump for joy and silence the Valparaiso crowd.

For the one who shot it, well, it just left her speechless.

“I don’t know what to say,” O’Keefe said. “I just took the shot and it went in, but it will now be a shot that I will never forget.”

“What a game!” said an elated CP coach Chris Mikrut. “We played a great game against Valparaiso, which is a great team, and played very well tonight. But our girls continue to believe in themselves and I am proud of their accomplishment.”

CP (18-3) scored first on a Rachel Marczewski goal in the 24th minute of the first half. Things stayed that way until Valparaiso answered back in the 71st minute on a goal by Andrea Violanti to tie the score.

The Bulldogs advance to next Saturday’s South Bend St. Joseph Semistate.

“We have some big goals on our minds and are focused to moving on,” O’Keefe said. “We believe in ourselves and we’re excited to have the chance to continue to play.”



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