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Soccer semistate

Canterbury falls short in quest to return to state soccer finals

– The Canterbury boys soccer team’s playoff winning streak came to an end one match short of reaching the state finals again.

Canterbury fell 2-1 to Crown Point in the finals of the Class 2A Warsaw Semistate on Saturday, ending a 20-match postseason win streak.

The Cavaliers won the 2011 and 2012 Class A state titles before being bumped up to 2A this year.

“They are big and athletic and run fast,” Canterbury coach Greg Mauch said of the Bulldogs. “We were just a little too young and not athletic enough to run with them, but we scraped and did what we could do to hang in there until the last three minutes.”

Fourth-ranked Crown Point (20-0-1) got the game-winner with 3:07 left on a header by Carmelo Morales after a corner kick.

Crown Point will play in the 2A state title match at 6 p.m. Saturday at IUPUI.

Canterbury, which received honorable mention votes in the last 2A poll, finishes the season 14-8-1.

“It was kind of surprising we got here after losing 5-0 to Northrop (on Sept. 26), which was disappointing,” Canterbury senior midfielder Alex De Groff said. “Getting here was a big accomplishment for us.

“After a mediocre season, we refocused and had our eyes on the prize, but unfortunately we didn’t get there.”

The Cavaliers lost eight starters from last year’s team but still managed to make another deep postseason run.

“We had a whole bunch of sophomores out there, but I thought our guys (acclimated) themselves really well,” Mauch said. “We feel good about what’s coming back next year, and maybe it will be just a little bit better.”

The Cavaliers took a 1-0 lead in with 16:12 left in the first half on a goal by Max Rowley after he knocked in a deflected shot.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 1 on a penalty-kick goal by Bay Kurtz with 8:19 to play in the first half.

“We got unlucky with the penalty kick, and that last goal at the end, I am not sure what happened,” Canterbury senior goalkeeper Robert DelBello said. “We played really well. It was a good game to end the season.”

In the semifinals, Crown Point knocked off Warsaw 1-0, and Canterbury beat Marion 5-2.

Warsaw (14-3-5) was the 2012 2A state runners-up.

“It was definitely a challenge going from 1A to 2A, but I think they will do well next year,” said DelBello, one of four seniors on the roster.

gjones@jg.net

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