MERRILLVILLE | Never a team to be satisfied, the Crown Point boys soccer team is still trying to work and still trying to get better even in sectional play.
The Bulldogs were looking to practice moving quickly on offense Saturday night, and the Times No. 1 Crown Point did just that, shutting out Kankakee Valley 6-0 to capture the Class 2A Merrillville Sectional crown.
The Bulldogs used six first-half goals, four goals in the first 20 minutes, to jump all over the Kougars. Carmelo Morales and Spase Dorsuleski each scored two goals for Crown Point.
"We wanted to move the ball quickly and create dangerous opportunities," Crown Point coach Mike Bazin said. "Our first-line guys took care of that in the first half, and it allotted for everyone to get in the game."
Morales started the scoring for the Bulldogs (16-0-1) when he was set up by Brad Kurtz for the 1-0 lead just 9:57 into the match.
"We played our game," Morales said. "We played possession, we played one-two touch, tried to get the ball off our feet as best as possible and tried to make the other team do the running."
Dorsuleski added two of the next three Bulldog goals to give Crown Point a 4-0 lead with 20:49 remaining in the first half. Bulldog Bay Kurtz finished with three assists, while Tod Oram and Stojan Krsteski each scored one goal for Crown Point.
"We just came out hard and we came out pressing," Dorsuleski said. "We work as a team and talked. Everyone talked, which was awesome, and in the first half the scoreboard showed it."
Kankakee Valley (8-10) had a tall task ahead of them, attempting to knock off the Bulldogs, and the Kougars were unable to answer Crown Point's offensive firepower.
"They did what we expected them to do; they went at us hard," Kougar coach Jason Vanderwoude said. "We tried to sit back a little bit and play a little heavy on defense to see if we could slow them down, and it was working for about 10 minutes, but then they got some through."
With the win, Crown Point remains undefeated on the season, and the Bulldogs will move on to Thursday's Merrillville Regional, where they will face Lake Central at 7 p.m.