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Crown Point HS Soccer Wins State Title

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November 2, 2013- In a battle of unbeaten  teams, No. 4 ranked Crown Point used the overtime period to the full extent, netting two  goals in extra time to defeat the second-ranked Avon, 3-1. The Bulldogs’ performance was  good for the school’s second soccer state title in three years winning the 2011 title on penalty kicks.

Crown Point senior forward Bay Kurtz got  the Bulldogs on top early with his team-best 19th goal of the season during the 27th minute.  Avon answered  as time ran down in the first half, thanks to a strike by junior midfielder  Taylor Kleyn, his second of the year.

After a scoreless second half, senior midfielder Nate Brower put the Bulldogs  up 2-1 on an unassisted goal in the 83rd minute. Shortly thereafter freshman midfielder Brad Kurtz buried the ball in the upper right corner for a two-goal advantage and Crown Point made the lead hold up for the remainder of the overtime session.

The champion Bulldogs  were led by second-year head coach Mike Bazin and finished the season undefeated at  21-0-1. They become just the fourth school with at least two state champinships in boys soccer joining Fort Wayne Canterbury (5), North Central (5) and Evansville Memorial (2).

Avon coach Phil Schmidt led the Orioles to their first state  finals appearance, concluding the season at 22-1-1.


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