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Experience key from Bulldogs' upperclassmen

2013-11-02T20:00:00Z 2013-11-02T23:17:07Z Experience key from Bulldogs' upperclassmenPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 02, 2013 8:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | While the seniors and juniors experienced the triumph of a state finals victory in 2011, the younger Crown Point starters were middle schoolers back then.

Brad Kurtz, Connor Keaveney, Scott Garcia and Michael Tanchevski looked to the upperclassmen for advice on how to deal with the circus that was this past week.

"They said to keep our heads and stick to our daily routines," said freshman Brad Kurtz, who scored the third and last goal of the game.

Crown Point also had a distinct advantage, as it was the only team out of the eight competing for a state championship to be there for the second time. It helped that it was so recently with members from this year's team.

"They have been here before, so they kept telling us to play fearless and hard like we have all season," sophomore Michael Tanchevski said.

Relentless offensive attack: Avon sophomore goalkeeper Tyler Shanahan recorded 14 shutouts and 56 saves this year prior to Saturday, so the Avon defense hasn't seen many shots on goal this year.

However, the Bulldogs have seven players who have scored at least three goals or more, which led to C.P. having a 13-1 shots advantage.

Defending their turf: Avon's big three -- senior midfielder Jonathan Kopp, senior midfielder Quinton Bridegroom and junior forward Jordan Kleyn -- have wreaked havoc on opponents this year.

The trio combined for 53 goals and 42 assists this season.

But on Saturday, the three combined for no goals and no assists, and had just three shots on goal.

Other state finals scores: In the Class A girls state championship, West Lafayette (15-7) defeated Gibson Southern (16-4-2) 2-0 on the strength of two goals from senior forward Shelby Mann, who had a whopping 36 goals coming in to Saturday.

In the Class A boys final, No. 1 Guerin Catholic (18-2-3), who defeated Andrean in the semistate, came out victorious after a Zach Garvey goal at 71:44 beat Providence (15-7-2) 1-0.

In the Class 2A girls title game, Fishers (16-2-3), which defeated Valparaiso in the semistate, took Avon to extra time, but the Tigers suffered their first loss since Sept. 23, falling 1-0 as Cassidy Blacha put a header in at the 85:32 mark of the first extra period.

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