MUNSTER | Their record isn't flashy and neither is their play, but the Times No. 9 Mustangs are playing some of their most consistent soccer with the playoffs looming.
A big reason for that is senior Demetri Georgalas.
On Sept. 25, Munster (6-6-1, 4-1) was a couple calls away from losing its first Northwest Crossroads Conference game against dangerous upstart Highland, who took it to the limit, losing 4-3 in a shootout after the game finished in a 5-5 tie.
Georgalas put in three goals in that win over Highland, including a pivotal one in the penalty-kick shootout.
On his second one, he tied it at 4-4 in the 57th minute and his third came in the 63rd minute to put his team up by one.
"Demetri has developed into a nice leader on the team. He's supportive of his teammates and makes himself accountable on the field," Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said.
After a 4-1 loss to Times No. 1 Crown Point back on Sept. 9, Prasopoulos was puzzled by his team's effort in a 4-0 loss to Chesterton two days prior.
"I'm very proud of the effort. It was night and day from the Chesterton game," he told The Times in reference to the Chesterton loss on Sept. 7.
The team looked despondent and gassed, which was the total opposite from the Highland game and might have been the turning point in the season.
"We have a mix of younger players that showed me they have the capability of following a game plan," said Prasopoulos. "That game was a turning point because we started being more aggressive and right now, we're playing very solid defense."
On Oct. 7, the 'Stangs will start their journey toward earning their 12th sectional title in a row, which would extend their all-time Indiana state record.
"It's definitely gonna be a challenge," said Prasopoulos. "They know what's on the line."
But the Mustangs want more, as Prasopoulos knows Georgalas has one chance to cement his legacy in the lore of the prestigious program's rich soccer history.
"He's always been a hard worker and a good creator throughout his four years on varsity because he does many things very well," said Prasopoulos. "We've had some nice players come through the program and he's one of the top ones."