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Girls soccer: CP falls in South Bend Semistate final

Crown Point Meghan Sulkleft gives chase with Dwenger's Katie Potosky heads ball during IHSAA girls soccer semi-state Saturday Oct. 20

Crown Point Meghan Sulka, left, gives chase with Dwenger's Katie Potosky heads the ball during the IHSAA girls soccer semi-state Saturday Oct. 20, 2012 in South Bend, Ind.|Joe Raymond ~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 22, 2012 6:57AM



SOUTH BEND — Coaches rarely complain about injuries.

And, although Crown Point girls soccer coach Chris Mikrut did not complain, he had every reason to as injuries played a major role in CP’s 4-0 loss to No. 4 South Bend St. Joseph’s on Saturday night in the final of the South Bend Semistate.

The day started off well as the Bulldogs defeated a very talented Dwenger squad despite playing standout midfielder Sarah Rivich sparingly. However, with about 15 minutes remaining in that game, a collision with a Dwenger forward left starting Bulldogs goalkeeper Meghan Morasan shaken and hobbling for the rest of the game.

They survived the semifinal, but it was apparent early on that St. Joseph’s had a personnel advantage due to the two key injuries.

It didn’t take long for the Indians to figure out that Morasan was having trouble coming off her line and that led to three goals in just under five minutes. St. Joseph’s freshman Samantha Kambol scored in the 12th minute, senior Catherine Raster tallied less than two minutes later and Rachel Staud added the breather, virtually clinching the game with that 3-0 lead barely 16 minutes into the contest.

“When you have kids that are not playing 100 percent, we are just not as deep as St. Joe,” Mikrut said. “I didn’t feel that the goals were Meghan’s fault. I think we let her down more than she let us down. We put her in bad situations. We were going to ride Meghan out. You can always second guess yourself, but I think Meghan gave us the best she had.”

The game was marred with 8:23 to go when Bulldogs freshman forward Anna Eksten was accidently hit with a hard goal kick that knocked her to the ground. She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

“Anna getting hurt put things in perspective,” Mikrut said. “The ref thought that she was knocked out, but when I got to her she was awake. She’s a tough kid and that was a (very hard) strike that she took.”

Mikrut had no regrets with his team’s 19-4 campaign.

“It was a great season,” he said. “The senior class has had just a tremendous career here. They are the most awarded class as far as conference, sectionals, and regionals and they were able to take us to the final four. It’s hard to lose but we lost to a team that was better than us today.”



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