ST. JOHN | There were a couple of things to take away from Wednesday's boys soccer tilt between Crown Point and Lake Central.
One is that the Times No. 1 Bulldogs are not messing around this year. The other is that there should still be a lot of excitement for what the future holds for traditional Northwest Indiana boys soccer power Lake Central.
The Indian faithful saw glimpses of that in Monday's 4-1 win over another premier program in Andrean, but there's no time like the present for the vastly more experienced Bulldogs, who steamrolled past the Indians 4-0 in both team's Duneland Athletic Conference opener.
Crown Point (1-0, 1-0 DAC) controlled both the tempo and the ball in the first half, netting all four its goals in that span.
Senior forward Carmelo Morales notched two goals, with one coming in the 11th minute.
Fellow senior Bay Kurtz dribbled through the LC defense for ten yards and led Morales, who was streaking on the opposite side for the score.
"We thought we were at a disadvantage coming into tonight because of their big win Monday and with them playing in front of a decent crowd at home," Crown Point coach Mike Bazin said. "We're not at our best in the beginning of the season and we try to keep a level-headed approach towards things."
The other two came off the foot of senior forward Stojan Krsteski, which included one where the Bulldogs led Indian goalie Jorge Trujilo out of the box and Krsteski pulled it past him for a score in the 33rd minute.
"Everything starts from the defense and it's a total team effort," said Krsteski. "It doesn't matter who scores because we all push each other."
Down 2-0 in the 27th minute, Lake Central (1-1, 0-1) had its only threat and shot on goal of the half stopped by sophomore keeper Connor Keaveney, who made a jumping save by his fingertips on an Indian header.
"From Coach Bazin to everyone on the bench, Crown Point came off the bus on a mission," LC coach Jereme Rainwater said. "The defense had so many mistakes we have to fix, but the good thing about a match like this is that we will watch the video and come up with a plan."