MUNSTER | Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos prepares his team for just about anything. And it paid off Wednesday in a 3-0 win over Griffith.
"I thought our guys did a phenomenal job," Prasopoulos said.
About midway through the second half, Griffith goalie Josh Kisfalusi took down a Mustang forward from behind, resulting in a yellow card. On Zarko Coric's penalty kick, the referee ruled that Kisfalusi leave the game until he could be subbed back in.
The subsequent argument brought two more yellows the Panthers' way -- one on the bench and one on George Hudiczius.
Griffith coach Ron Knestrict said both were the product of "dissent."
"We have a young team. They get excited," Knestrict said.
Munster's veteran squad reacted differently.
"We kept our cool, didn't talk back, and you see what happens," Mustang senior Andrew Koultorides said.
The Panthers' defensive gameplan -- putting about eight men back in defense -- didn't affect Munster, either.
"We knew that we needed to possess the ball with a purpose and keep on the attack," Prasopoulos said. "It didn't really matter how many guys they had back."
The Mustangs (4-2) got on the board first when Zarko Coric found the back of the net at 25:30.
Coric found Koultorides with a pass for another Munster tally at 36:16.
Griffith (4-3) didn't take its first shot until 15:19 but almost got a goal late in the first half when Munster's Jeff Lawler accidentally got a pass by goalie Ethan Flahaven. Lawler had to make a sliding save to prevent an own-goal.
Couric scored his second goal of the game after the penalty kick ricocheted off of the right post, and he put back the rebound.