GIRLS SOCCER

Munster blanks Griffith in lopsided NCC girls soccer affair

2013-09-21T16:00:00Z 2013-09-22T02:28:04Z Munster blanks Griffith in lopsided NCC girls soccer affairPaul Honeycutt Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
September 21, 2013 4:00 pm  • 

GRIFFITH | Munster girls soccer coach Valerie Pflum had a dilemma coming into this season.

She needed to figure out how she was going to find a replacement for the graduated Parin Patel, who recorded 10 shutouts for Munster in 2012.

The Times No. 5 Mustangs opted for junior Melanie Krueger, who had four saves in their 5-0 Northwest Crossroads win over No. 6 Griffith on Saturday afternoon.

Munster (7-2-3, 2-1 NCC) wasted little time in getting on the board, as junior forward Jessica Flores scored in the third minute on a give-and-go play from junior Rachel Tarpo.

Sophomore Lexie Lyons added Munster's second goal after she received an entry pass that went 20 yards while racing past the Panthers defense, and scored over keeper Amy Bubala's head.

The Panthers (6-3-1, 2-3) had five shots on goal in the first half, including four saves by Krueger.

"Melanie has come a long way and is growing more and more confident over time," Pflum said. "At 5-foot-8, she's one of our taller players and with taller keepers, they're hesitant to dive, but Melanie gets down."

Their only threat occurred in the 30th minute when freshman midfielder Bridget Beck's header was knocked away by Krueger from a corner kick.

Griffith, down its leading scorer in senior forward Emily Duhon, had no shots on goal in the second half.

"We're a very, very hurt team right now and Munster's a swarming defensive team," Griffith coach Wally Kudyba said. "Emily's experience alone was a big plus and we'll miss her ability to score a big goal when we needed it."

Lyons tallied her second of the day in the 53rd minute after an assist from senior Sammi Koufos, who broke down her defender one-on-one and launched a cross pass.

Munster freshman Rachel Kalbfell and sophomore Mackenzie Portone blew the game open by adding the fourth and fifth goals in the 59th and 69th minutes, respectively.

"We've worked to the point where we're deeper because we have eight seniors and we're working with the kids on playing more positions to get them ready for the future," Pflum said.

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