Girls soccer: Injuries don’t stop CP from advancing to semistate final
By Mark Bradford Post-Tribune correspondent October 20, 2012 11:42PM
Crown Point goalie Meghan Morasan heads the ball during the IHSAA girls soccer semi-state Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 in South Bend, Ind.|Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 22, 2012 6:56AM
SOUTH BEND — Crown Point’s walking wounded squad pulled off a bit of a surprise in the afternoon semifinal as the Bulldogs scored three first-half goals and then held off a furious rally by No. 16 Fort Wayne Dwenger late in the game to notch a 3-2 win.
The 19th-ranked Bulldogs (19-3) earned a spot in the Class 2A semistate final against No. 4 St. Joseph’s, which defeated Hamilton Southeastern 2-1 in overtime in the morning opener.
With standout midfielder Sarah Rivich playing less than half the game, and a few other players nicked up in one way or another, the last thing Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut needed was to watch his goalkeeper Meghan Morasan being slammed into by a Saints forward late in the contest, and then watch her play virtually on one leg under furious attack.
But that is what he saw, and after it was all over, Morasan was carried off the field, not so much because she was star of the game, but because she could not walk anymore.
“She could not punt the ball out and that is why she was rolling the ball out,” Mikrut said. “She could not move. We knew it but we kept her in the game because we got here with her.”
Mikrut also said the insertion of Rivich was a key, despite the fact that she was not full strength.
“She gave us some great minutes,” he said. “We were not getting any depth (without her). We could not get the ball behind their defense. We put her in and began playing the ball ahead.”
An early goal by Dwenger (15-5) due to a mix up in the defensive third appeared to be setting the tone in the Saints’ favor when a fortunate bounce on a shot by CP defender Meghan Sulka somehow eluded both the Dwenger sweeper and goalkeeper in the eighth minute of play.
“You need a little bit of luck every time you come out and play,” Mikrut said. “We got a good bounce on that ball. We needed something to get our confidence back up. You take them when you can, especially in the tournament.”