Girls soccer

Morasan's got things covered in front of the net for Crown Point

2013-08-25T17:00:00Z 2013-09-12T22:44:12Z Morasan's got things covered in front of the net for Crown PointDavid P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 25, 2013 5:00 pm  • 

Meghan Morasan doesn't quite remember how she hurt her Achilles tendon in the first game of the 2012 semistate. The more memorable part of her collision with a Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger player was the knee to the stomach that knocked the wind out of her.

She just remembers that missing the second game wasn't an option.

bUT Crown Point's goalie hobbled between the pipes during a 4-0 loss to South Bend St. Joseph on the Indians' home pitch last October.

"I've thought about (the injury)," Morasan said. "Maybe they don't score as quickly or as many goals as they did (if I were healthy). I feel like if I was at 100 percent the game may have gone differently."

Morasan wasn't used to allowing crooked numbers on the scoreboard. She set a Bulldogs record with 12 shutouts during her sophomore season last year and only allowed eight goals in 16 games against region opponents.

She's already demonstrated her disdain for giving up goals during her junior campaign, showing what coach Chris Mikrut calls her "fiery" mentality by angrily barking out directions to the defense in front of her after it surrendered a pair to Highland last week. Crown Point won that game 3-2.

"I've been that way since I was a kid," Morasan said. "Against Highland, we needed that spark and I'm often the one who will say what someone needs to say."

She's also the one providing the entertainment during practices and bus rides in the form of a boom box she got as a gift a few years ago. She helps create the pregame CD, too. C.P.'s designated DJ has what Mikrut called a goalie's personality -- "a little outside the box."

"(The playlist is) a lot of rap," Morasan said.

Morasan is becoming more of a vocal leader during her junior campaign, but she earned that respect even as a starting sophomore on a talented senior-laden team. The Bulldogs often play balls back to their goalie that other teams may not because they have the confidence that she'll get them out of trouble.

"In girls soccer, if you have a keeper who can make the easy saves you're in good shape," Mikrut said. "We know we're going to be in every game as long as we give her a chance to win it for us."

Morasan makes those easy saves and a lot of difficult ones, too. Mikrut said that his goalie is athletic enough to play another position, if he needed her to in a pinch.

"It would have to be a desperate need, though," Mikrut said. "We just can't afford to have her hurt. A good keeper is so valuable."

Morasan was voted all district by the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association, all Duneland Athletic Conference and Times all area after last season. She's got bigger goals this year.

"I want her to have a great season," Mikrut said. "She's an all conference goalie. She's trying to be an all state goalie."

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