LAPORTE | Crown Point's offense had a problem denting the net Wednesday night, but one late second-half goal was all the Times No. 2 Bulldogs needed.
Zach Sneiderwine scored with 7:01 remaining in the game to give C.P. the 1-0 road win against No. 9 LaPorte in Duneland Athletic Conference play.
"We knew we had to come out and play how we wanted to play," Sneiderwine said, "and not how they (LaPorte) wanted us to play."
Sneiderwine drew out Slicers keeper Mark Nelson and slipped a shot into the left side of the goal.
"I was so relieved when it went in," said Sneiderwine, who scored his eighth goal of the season. "It was a really long game, and it was a good feeling when it went in."
Nelson made eight saves up to that point -- all in the second half -- to keep the Bulldogs (5-2) off the scoreboard.
"Zach's scored a lot of important goals for us over the past few seasons," Crown Point coach J.R. Rosenbaum said. "It's good that he got one tonight, because we had a few close calls throughout the game."
LaPorte (3-4) had a chance to tie the game with less than 30 seconds left. Zach McCoy took a shot against keeper Aleksandar Trifunovic, but the ball went just over the net.
"I thought we had a few opportunities at the end, but the ball didn't bounce in," LaPorte coach Chris Buresh said. "It wasn't our best game, but it wasn't our worst game. Give credit to Crown Point, they had some good athletes."
LaPorte outshot Crown Point 3-1 in the first half. The Bulldogs outshot the Slicers 9-6 after the break, and Crown Point's defense didn't allow LaPorte to get a shot on goal until almost halfway through the second half.
"Our first half was about the effort, but we came out with more intensity to start the second half," Rosenbaum said. "It was a hard-fought game, LaPorte played great and made us fight."