Boys Soccer: Brett Kaufmann propels Munster past Portage
By Kevin O’Keefe For Sun Times Media August 18, 2014 9:48PM
MUNSTER — Munster junior Brett Kaufmann had a goal and an assist in Monday’s 4-0 opening win against Portage, but he definitely has extra motivation this year. He lost his father, Matt Kaufmann on July 11 to lung cancer.
“Yeah, I feel like he’s always there,” Kaufmann said. “He’s always looking down, giving me that added motivation this year.”
Kaufmann scored in the 29th minute on an assist from Nik Kajmakowski to give Munster a 1-0 lead and added another assist on Michael Jimenez’s goal in the 57th minute for a 3-0 lead.
Jimenez scored his second goal in the 79th minute on a penalty kick.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was three years old,” Jimenez said. “I’ve been pretty much playing my whole life.”
Jimenez, who returned his senior year after playing Elite Soccer, thought he had scored in the 10th minute but the goal was ruled offside. Michael Portone scored Munster’s second goal on Kajmakowski’s second assist of the game in the 53rd minute.
“The first 15-20 minutes we were a little nervous and sloppy,” Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said. “We made some adjustments at halftime and we were patient and didn’t panic.”
Portage’s best scoring of the first half came in the 26th minute when Josh Gonzalez’s shot went over the crossbar.
The Munster backline of Dan Green, Dean Svolos, Nikola Mandic and Nate Sakavicious did not allow a shot on keeper Xavier Hofferth in the first half.
The Indians, trailing 2-0 in the 61st minute, had a chance to score on a penalty kick by Ben Schaefer, but Hofferth made the save, one of five on the night.
“Missing that penalty kick hurt, especially since it was only 2-0 at that point,” first-year Portage coach Will Fortenberry, Jr said.
“You have to give Munster credit, they looked good for it being the first game of the year.”