Boys soccer: Munster tops rival Highland in PKs
By Kevin O’Keefe Post-Tribune correspondent September 25, 2013 10:06PM
Updated: September 25, 2013 11:00PM
MUNSTER — Munster’s Yiorgo Karnezis scored the Mustangs’ fourth and game-winning penalty kick, and Highland’s Nick Mastej rattled his shot off the crossbar in the fourth round of the shootout as the Mustangs downed the Trojans 6-5 Wednesday.
It gives the Mustangs a leg up in the Northwest Crossroads Conference. They are 5-0 in league play, and will meet Andrean next Wednesday.
“We were fortunate to come out of here with a win tonight,” Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said. “I’m happy with the win but we couldn’t keep up with their No. 5 (Max Young). But I was happy to see the Munster pride tonight.”
The Mustangs got on the board in the fifth minute on a shot by Nik Kajmakoski that deflected in off Highland keeper Evan Hillier’s hands. Max Young tied the game at 1-1 in the 10th minute after a header slipped past Munster keeper Xavier Hofferth, and Young fired it into the back of the net.
The Trojans looked as though they had taken a 2-1 lead in the 14th minute but the play was ruled offside.
The Trojans did take the lead in the 15th minute as Nick Keil put a header in off a cross from Joey Goodeve. The Mustangs knotted the game a 2 in the 32nd minute when Peter Panos fired a goal-mouth scramble past Hillier.
The Trojans regained the lead with just over 2 minutes left in the half as Ryan Serna headed a corner kick from John Toweson past Hofferth.
A Trojans rush by Young to start the second half resulted in a penalty kick as he was pulled down in the box. Toweson’s PK put Highland up 4-2 in the 42nd minute.
The Mustangs had a goal nullified due to an offside in the 45th minute.
The Mustangs cut the Trojans’ lead to 4-3 in the 47th minute off a restart by Panos that Michael Portone fired past Hillier. The Mustangs tied the game at 4-4 in the 57th minute on a PK by Demetri Georgalas.
The Trojans were forced to play one man short at this point as Goodeve received two yellow cards. Georgalas gave the Mustangs a 5-4 lead with just under 17 minutes remaining on a header off a feed from Portone. The Trojans’ Nick Mastej tied the game at 5-5 with just over 5 minutes remaining on a header off a corner kick by Toweson.
Highland thought it had scored the winner with less than a minute left on a restart by Toweson but the play by Jordan O’Day was ruled offside.