CROWN POINT | Crown Point Freshman Delaney Benich notched her first high school soccer goal at 6:40 of her second prep game.
She enjoyed it so much, she scored another in the 52nd minute to seal the Times No. 4 Bulldogs' 3-2 win over No. 7 Highland on Wednesday.
"I love playing soccer so it was cool being able to get a goal playing for Crown Point," Benich said. "(On the second goal) I saw the space I had and I decided 'why not?' I saw the defender had moved across enough for me to get in around."
Trojans coach Gordon Walker was happy with the way his team played in its opener.
"It's a good way to let you know where you're at when you play a team like Crown Point," Walker said. "To be honest, I'm not disappointed with the way they played. They played really well."
C.P. coach Chris Mikrut admitted his team may have been tired, having played a game the night before against Lake Central in hot, humid conditions.
"It's tough, playing back to back. We haven't seen this heat all summer and all of the sudden it gets hot," he said. "Highland's got a nice squad and they came out and stretched us a little bit."
Benich's first goal came when Trojans' keeper Kelli Lee couldn't corral a ball in the box and the ninth-grader was in the right place.
But Highland (0-1) got that goal right back when Paige Brown came across the face of the Bulldogs goal and rocketed a shot from the right side of the box into the left side of the net.
"I thought we created a lot," Walker said. "I thought we created offense throughout the game."
C.C. Wartman put a slow, looping 25-yard shot over Lee's head to give C.P. a 2-1 lead in the 19th minute.
"We had to do some adjusting, but no excuses. Everybody's got to play a lot of games," Mikrut said. "We're still in that figure-out phase, trying to move some kids around and figure out what works best.
"We did some nice things, nice combinations and some good ideas, we're just not finishing plays."
Brown got her second goal in the 64th minute. The Trojans senior dribbled by a pair of Crown Point defenders and beat goalie Meghan Morasan to the right.