Girls soccer: Crown Point’s Rachel Marczewski glad to be in action this postseason
By Tom Wyatt Post-Tribune correspondent October 17, 2012 11:08PM
Crown Point's Rachel Marczewski scored two goals in a 4-0 win over Merrillville for the sectional champiosnhip on Saturday, October 6, 2012. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 19, 2012 3:37PM
The fear was that 2012 would be a repeat of 2011 for Rachel Marczewski.
Neither Marczewski nor her coach, Chris Mikrut, wanted that.
And thankfully for the Crown Point girls soccer team, that didn’t happen.
As the Bulldogs enter Saturday’s South Bend St. Joseph’s Semistate, Marczewski is healthy. Or as healthy as an individual who sacrifices herself at virtually all costs can be.
“To have her now is huge,” Mikrut said.
As one of the team’s pivotal center midfielders, Marczewski, a senior, acts as a quarterback on the field and as a coach to a certain extent.
The problem was last year she did it from the sidelines with a broken leg during Crown Point’s postseason run that included sectional and regional titles before the Bulldogs fell in the semistate semifinals.
And this year, the fear was there would be a repeat when back and ankle issues flared up.
“Over the years, she has really taken a beating because she’s always around the ball,” Mikrut said. “If there’s a ball in the air, she’s going to go for it. But Rachel’s not the kind to complain. She’s a tough kid.
“Knock on wood, she’s been able to stay healthy and get this far. And I’m so happy for her. I just couldn’t imagine going through two years of watching from the sideline.”
Neither could Marczewski.
“Winning the regional (last Saturday) was huge because I never had that feeling last year,” Marczewski said. “I watched and was happy for the team. But to be a part of it is such a great feeling.”
Still, Mikrut made sure he put Marczewski to work last year while she was injured. As she watched from the sideline, he would bounce ideas off her.
“She pretty much helped me make out the lineup for penalty kicks,” Mikrut said. “We used that lineup to beat Valparaiso (in the regional championship game last year) in PKs.”
On the field, Marczewski might not be the most fleet of foot, especially considering the talent around her, but she’s certainly one of the smartest, Mikrut said.
“When she’s on the dribble, she knows how to position herself to get a defender on her back,” Mikrut said. “She’s just very crafty in how she handles the ball.
“She’s not really quick, but she understands where to be. Many times, she’s a play ahead, already playing where that next ball is supposed to be. Most high school kids can’t do that at her level.”
Marczewski sees herself as the one who sets the table.
“I definitely think each one of our center mids has different abilities,” Marczewski said. “My strength is being able to find the feet of our forwards. I’m more about getting assists. I love the feeling when I’m on the back line and see one of our forwards on a breakaway.”
And she’s loving it even more now that she’s on the field during the postseason.
“It’s amazing,” Marczewski said.