EAST CHICAGO — Munster has a way of showing its depth, especially in the postseason.
Last year it was David Dafiaghor, presently a junior, who made a huge impact to yet another sectional title.
Monday night was no different, as junior Luke Davidson scored two goals to propel Class 3A No. 8 Munster to a 4-0 win over Highland in the first E.C. Central Sectional quarterfinal. In Wednesday's semifinal, Munster will play Class 3A No. 7 Lake Central (12-3-2), which took care of Lowell 5-0 in the quarterfinal nightcap.
Davidson scored his goals less than a minute apart in the 75th and 76th minutes.
"I have faith that we'll finish," Davidson said. "Luckily it fell to me, it could've happened to anybody."
Munster (13-3-1) opened the scoring with a goal in the 17th minute from senior Nate Kekelik, who shook his defender and connected after receiving a centering pass from fellow senior Jordan Andric.
"I don't like how we played in the first half. We played slow and lethargic and weren't being smart with space," Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said. "No matter who we play, we have to set the tone with our movement."
The game was 1-0 until the 54th minute when Andric lofted a ball over Highland senior keeper Brian Burbridge's head, connecting on the far left side's upper 90.
Burbridge made 15 saves while Highland (5-10-1) did not record a shot on goal.
"Munster's a good team with a lot of seniors over there," Highland coach Mark Tanis said. "We fought hard for most of the game, but it just got away from us a little bit."
L.C. junior midfielder Carson Shrader scored just a little over two minutes into the second match on a light-touch pass from senior midfielder Diego Ruiz-Avila.
Shrader added a goal in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick because the Red Devils were called for taking down Nick Shell in their own box.
The Indians dominated possession over most of the match with Lowell (8-7-2) recording just three shots on goal.
Shrader added his third goal in the 63rd minute while Youssef Errihani and Andrew VanMilligan also added goals in the second half.
This sets up a showdown between two of the premier soccer programs in the state of Indiana, as Munster has won 15 straight sectional championships, which is a state record, while Lake Central is right behind the Mustangs with 14 in a row.
"It wouldn't be the postseason unless me and (Munster coach) Jim (Prasopoulos) saw each other, right?" Lake Central coach Jereme Rainwater said. "Having three top-20 teams in this sectional says a lot about Northwest Indiana soccer and we're gonna have to be at our absolute best to beat Munster."
After Munster vs. L.C. at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Class 3A No. 17 Morton (16-0-1), who finished undefeated for the second straight regular season, will face sectional host E.C. Central at 7 p.m. in the second semifinal.