VALPARAISO | Crown Point couldn’t put anything on the board in the first half against Valparaiso, but that changed in a big way for the Bulldogs in the final 40 minutes.
The Times No. 2 Bulldogs scored three goals in the second half to come away with a 3-2 win over the No. 4 Vikings on Tuesday night.
With the win, Crown Point (6-3-1, 3-1 DAC) stayed within one game of Chesterton for the lead in the Duneland Athletic Conference.
Jenna McCarroll scored the game-winning goal in the 69th minute on a chip from inside the 18-yard box that found its way into the back of the net.
Jenny Pudlo set up McCarroll with a cross from one side of the box to the other.
“We finally found a way to put the ball in the back of the net and were really creative at the end,” Crown Point coach Chris Mikrut said. “All the goals were nice goals, especially the last one from McCarroll with the ball sliding across.”
McCarroll’s goal came 2:23 after Valparaiso’s Ashley Thomas had tied the game 2-2 with a left-footed shot into the lower-right corner of the net.
“For us to respond like that, we had to do it,” Mikrut said. “There’s not a sense of urgency in the box to go get the ball.”
Valparaiso’s Grace Withrow had a chance to tie the game with 4:00 to go, but Meghan Morasan saved her shot from 10 yards out and finished with 10 stops for the Bulldogs.
Crown Point tied the game in the 46th minute when Kara Ford took a pass from Delaney Benich and chipped it over the fingertips of the Valparaiso keeper.
“We knew they were going to come out strong the second half,” Valparaiso coach Rob Cespedes said. “We figured if we could hold them off for the first 10 minutes, we would be alright.
"We didn’t get to the 10 minutes.”
Jenna Arnold scored on a 30-yard free kick to give Crown Point its first lead of the game at 2-1 in the 59th minute.
Withrow put the Vikings (4-4-2, 2-2) on the board in the 29th minute with a free kick from 35 yards out that got past the Crown Point keeper into the lower right corner of the net.