MUNSTER | After a less than stellar performance at the Argos Invitational the weekend before, Times No. 8 Munster needed a big win in its first home game.
That's exactly what it got with a 5-0 drubbing of Lake Central on Thursday.
"It feels so good (to get this win)," Munster sophomore Lexie Lyons said. "We've been really down lately, because we haven't been able to get any goals in or win, so this felt really good for us."
Lyons had two goals on the night.
L.C. (3-4) may have had its best opportunity on a free kick from about 15 yards in the 25th minute. Teresa Baranowski's kick somehow got over all the Indians and Mustangs in the box, including keeper Melanie Krueger, and clanged off the right post.
"We knew (Munster) was tough. We knew that it was going to be a rough game," Lake Central coach Julie Moore said. "We did have some time where we did possess the ball pretty well, but they're a talented team."
The Mustangs (4-2-2) scored first in the 28th minute when Lyons stole a Lake Central pass and beat goalie Lindsay Kusbel low.
Munster had been pressuring for much of the early portion of the contest. Kusbel made six saves before giving up the goal to Lyons.
"We just sort of needed to reset and become more offensively aggressive," Munster coach Valerie Pflum said. "It helped to have a home game. Those road trips are a killer."
Courtney Zunica stopped what would've been an easy L.C. goal just before the break when Munster goalie Melanie Krueger came out but couldn't corral the ball. Zunica got a foot on an Indians shot at an open net.
Lyons struck again at 49:24, this time to the far post off Cayla Bales' pass.
"It was a set play. We've been practicing a lot of set plays," Lyons said. "We finally got the hang of it, I guess."
Rachel Tarpo tallied her first goal of the season barely three minutes later, and the Mustangs held a 3-0 advantage.
Erin Gallagher tallied a score at 67:59 on another Bales assist. Cami Kekelik capped the scoring with a goal with only 11 ticks left on the clock.