WARSAW | In 2011, Crown Point needed a shootout to defeat Warsaw during its state title run. Bay Kurtz wanted to make sure that didn't happen again.
The Bulldogs senior scored the only goal of the match at the 73:33 mark, leading Class 2A No. 4 Crown Point over host No. 9 Warsaw 1-0 on Saturday afternoon in the semistate semifinals.
Fort Wayne Canterbury defeated Marion 5-2 in the first semifinal.
After missing a shot two minutes earlier that deflected off the post, Kurtz corralled a pass from younger brother Brad and chopped the ball over Warsaw goalie Peyton Long.
"It was a rough game getting into the attacking third of the field," said Bay Kurtz, who scored his 17th goal of the season. "Sometimes our shots are on and sometimes they're not, but Brad and I made eye contact; he brought it up and I put it in."
The first half saw a fierce defensive battle as Crown Point (19-0-1) recorded just four shots on goal with Warsaw having just one.
Warsaw's came in the 23rd minute on a Sam Albritten header that went a foot to the right and just one minute later, Crown Point senior Spase Dorsuleski was called for a dangerous play on a bicycle kick attempt to clear the ball out of the Bulldog mixer.
The host Tigers (14-3-5) had an indirect kick from 12 yards out, but Warsaw defender Stephen Kolbe's shot didn't get past the Crown Point wall.
"Warsaw was very dangerous on some set pieces and we talked about it at the half," Crown Point coach Mike Bazin said. "We missed some marks, but luckily it didn't nip us in the bud."