Boys soccer: Bulldogs, heat wear down Mustangs
By Dennis Churilla Post-Tribune correspondent September 9, 2013 10:58PM
Updated: September 10, 2013 2:06AM
MUNSTER — Not sure what was more oppressive in Crown Point’s match with Munster — the heat or the Bulldogs’ attack. Both of them eventually wore the Mustangs down as visiting Crown Point claimed the 4-1 victory.
“The combination we have up front in (Carmello) Morales and (Stojan) Krsteski is phenomenal,” said Crown Point coach Michael Bazin. “They’re unselfish and they want their teammates to score as much as they want to score.”
Crown Point broke the ice in the match’s 35th minute when Morales took a pass near the top left of the box. Morales touched the ball to a streaking Bay Kurtz and Kurtz lined a shot past the Munster keeper.
“I thought Bay played a phenomenal game,” Bazin said. “I told him it was his best control of the midfield so far this year.”
Crown Point (5-0) sealed the win in the 52nd minute on a breakaway goal from Krsteski. The senior chased down a long header and split a pair of Mustang defenders to break uncontested on goal. Munster keeper Xavier Hofferth had no chance as Krsteski slid a shot into the left corner of the net.
Munster had a chance to cut the lead in half in the 64th minute when Arturo Ortiz stole a pass and broke in alone on Crown Point keeper Connor Keaveney. But Ortiz’ shot went just wide of the left post. Less than a minute later, Nathan Brower scored for the Bulldogs and a minute after that, Morales scored to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
“We were about six inches away from making it a 2-1 game,” said Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos. “I thought the game was closer than the final score and our guys fought very hard. (Crown Point) just has some guys that can just break you down. We can build on this.”
Munster (3-2-1) finally broke through with a goal from Brett Kaufmann to close out the scoring. Kaufmann’s shot from outside the box hit the crossbar and bounced off the back of the keeper before trickling into the goal.