INDIANAPOLIS | Something had to give Saturday night.
Both Avon and Crown Point came into the Class 2A boys soccer state title game undefeated and senior Nate Brower wanted to personally make sure that the Bulldogs ended their season that way.
After battling to a 1-1 tie after 80 minutes, Crown Point netted two goals within 2:45 of each other in the first extra session to down Class 2A No. 2 Avon 3-1 and win the program's second state championship in the last three years.
"We feel elated right now!" Crown Point coach Mike Bazin exclaimed as he was being mobbed by the Bulldogs faithful.
Brower's goal game at the 82:24 mark in extra time when he put one in after Bay Kurtz's shot went off Carmelo Morales and right to Brower and freshman Brad Kurtz scored the third after striking one in off a deflection from his previous shot.
"I actually don't remember what happened because I was cramping, but they gave me credit for it," said Brower, who added his fifth score of the season.
Avon connected on a goal in the 11th minute, but Crown Point caught a break after the Orioles were flagged for an offsides call.
Bay Kurtz notched the first shot on goal for Crown Point (21-0-1) and connected with the first goal of the game at the 26:30 mark.
The senior tried to clear a defender from the ball, but with an extra step, he ripped a shot before the outside defender could close in on Kurtz as he scored from 25 yards out.
With Crown Point controlling the ball for a good portion of the first half, Avon (22-1-2) responded with a goal at the 38:56 mark when junior midfielder Taylor Kleyn headed in a deflection off of a Quinton Bridegroom free kick.
"I'm really proud of my guys to respond the way they did," Avon coach Nate Schmidt said.
After getting a feel for the adjustments each team would make for the first 18 minutes of the second half, Oriole junior Trevor Semakula pushed one through the defense and Jordan Kleyn had a wide open shot, but C.P. sophomore keeper Connor Keaveney got his right hand on it and punched the ball over the crossbar.
Eight minutes later at the 66:33 mark, the Orioles had another great opportunity after Keaveney deflected one that went to Avon, but senior defender Tod Oram was right there at the goal line to make a dramatic save.
"(Keaveney) has had our backs all season and I got his," Oram said. "This feels more real than the first one and I'm proud of every boy on this team."
"We started this season and teammates and friends, but we ended it as a family."