MUNSTER | Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good, but on Monday night Munster had a little bit of both.
A pair of first half goals from senior Peter Panos and sophomore Yiorgo Karnezis sent the Mustangs into the semifinals of the Class 2A Munster Sectional, as they defeated Morton 8-0 in the opener and will face Hammond on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Munster is gunning for its state-record 12th straight sectional title.
"We're not in a position to overlook any opponent," Munster coach Jim Prasopoulos said. "We hope it means something to play the hard schedule we did to help us prepare for this point of the season."
The "good" came in the 15th minute off the foot of Panos, who took a pass from sophomore Austin Andello after the ball was cleared and he sailed it over Morton keeper Gerardo Murillo's head.
The "lucky" came 23 minutes later after sophomore Yiorgo Karnezis dribbled one that went right through Murillo's legs on a slow roller.
"It's a good way to start the sectional," Prasopoulos said. "We've struggled lately and it's good to see some smiles."
Munster (8-7-1) kept up the pace in the second half after senior Demetri Georgalas added the third goal on a free kick from 20 yards away just two minutes into the half.
Panos added his second of the night in the 58th minute after he kicked one in off a rebound and junior Nik Kajmakoski did the same thing just one minute later to break the game wide open.
Morton spent the majority of the game on its side of the field, as Murillo notched 19 saves.
Morton's lone threat occurred in the 71st minute after senior Andres Hernandez rocketed one from 30 yards out, but it hit the crossbar.
"You dream of playing that much amount of time on the other side of the field, but down the road (junior goalkeeper Emmanuel) Soto will see some tough shots," Prasopoulos said.