MUNSTER | On Monday night, Bay Kurtz wasn't going to make a win easy on Munster in the 87-degree heat, especially against junior goalkeeper Xavier Hofferth.
The Crown Point senior forward netted the only goal of the first half en route to the Times No. 1 Bulldogs' 4-1 win over No. 5 Munster.
Hofferth, who had 10 saves, stopped everything Crown Point was giving to him early on, as Kurtz had four shots previous to the goal, including one where he dribbled through three defenders, but the ball banged off the right post and Hofferth corralled it.
Kurtz finally connected on one after fellow senior forward Carmelo Morales dribbled through two Munster defenders and directed a lead pass to Kurtz for the score in the 35th minute.
Crown Point coach Mike Bazin coached Kurtz after the LaPorte game on Sept. 4, citing that he was a little too eager.
"I focused on being more concentrated with my shots rather than forcing every one," Kurtz said. "My dad has worked with on perfecting my touch on the ball since the very beginning."
The Mustangs (3-2-1) had a good chance to strike 10 minutes earlier after freshman Kiriako Tsoukalas shot the ball just inches over the crossbar on a high, floating attempt.
There was some chippy play right before the first half ended, as the official handed out yellow cards to Morales and Munster sophomore Austin Andello for jawing at one another.
Kurtz and Munster junior Dean Svolos almost got one a few seconds later after some more trash talk, but the ref just gave them a warning.
"I told the team at halftime that cooler heads have to prevail in that situation," Bazin said.
Krsteski tallied Crown Point's second goal after stealing the ball at midfield, dribbling for 20 yards, and rifled a shot past Hofferth.
Crown Point (5-0) then poured it on, adding two goals within a span of a minute from senior Nathan Brower and Morales.
"Our combo up front with Carmelo and Stojan is phenomenal," said Bazin. "They're unselfish goal scorers and I can't ask for anything else."
Munster broke through after Brett Kaufmann struck the ball from 30 yards out, hitting the crossbar and deflecting off of Crown Point keeper Connor Keaveney's hands.
"I'm very proud of the effort. It was night and day from the Chesterton game," Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said. "We got beat on a couple one-on-ones, which was the difference."