MUNSTER | Highland came inches away from extending its penalty-kick shootout against Munster on Wednesday night.
With the Times No. 7 Mustangs up 4-3 in the PK session, Trojans senior Nick Mastej's attempt hit the crossbar and fell in front of the net to preserve Munster's Northwest Crossroads Conference win.
"This is one of the craziest games I've ever coached, but I'm proud that we stuck with it," said Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos, whose team clinched at least a share of the NCC title. "We were fortunate to win, because they have a great team over there."
Munster senior Demetri Georgalas, who switched from midfield to forward in the second half, was freed up and scored on a header in the 63rd minute to give the Mustangs (6-3-1, 5-0) a 5-4 lead.
But 12 minutes later, Mastej scored on a header from a John Toweson corner kick, tying the game and sending it in to overtime.
Nik Kajmakoski started the fast-paced first half scoring in just the fifth minute on a blast from 14 yards out after Georgalas directed a Dean Svolos free kick right to Kajmakoski.
Highland junior forward Max Young responded five minutes later when he put the ball in the net after corralling a deflection off Munster junior keeper Xavier Hofferth.
Highland junior Nick Keil's goal in the 14th minute was negated due to an offsides call, but he atoned for it by putting one in during the next minute after Young directed it to Joey Goodeve.
After goals from Highland junior Ryan Serna and Munster senior forward Peter Panos late in the first half, Toweson scored on a penalty kick to make it 4-2 Trojans.
Michael Portone cut the lead to 4-3, converting a rebound from a free kick in the 45th minute.
Georgalas tied it in the 57th minute on a penalty shot after the Trojans were called for a handball in the box.