MUNSTER — Adeline Andello play big in big games.
The Munster junior broke the school record for career goals on Thursday. She scored the decisive goal to send the Mustangs into the semistate final in 2016.
And in Saturday’s Class 3A sectional final against Crown Point, it was Andello who scored the eventual gamewinner in the 51st minute. It was a rebound on Jaycee Helmer’s free kick, which banged off the crossbar.
“At a big moment, I just realized that this is it. We have to play like this is our last game,” Andello said. “We, as a team, worked super hard. And personally, I kept focus on just going to goal and working with my teammates up top.”
Munster topped the Bulldogs 5-2 to win their third consecutive sectional championship.
“I don’t think anybody necessarily expected us to rise to the occasion as much as the girls did,” Munster coach Val Pflum said. “They worked hard all summer. They’ve really come together as a squad.”
Kendal Ziel scored the first goal for the host Mustangs (13-3-2) at 6:34. The senior forward took a pass from Olivia Foley and just outran the Crown Point defense along the left side, putting a shot into the right side of the goal.
Kayla Ziel, the younger sister of Kendal, made it a two-goal lead in the 26th minute.
The freshman pounced on the ball after Adeline Andello’s free kick banged off the post, rocketing the rebound into the net.
“When they get into their attack, they’re just so fast. And not like fast, speed-wise, but just the way they all go together,” Bulldogs coach Chris Mikrut said. “They do that very well.”
C.P. (11-5) cut the gap in half in the 36th minute. Olivia Small had a free kick from the right side, about 30 yards. She sent a bullet into the near upper 90 to make it 2-1.
In the 42nd minute, the Mustangs were called for a handball in the box.
Munster goalie Grace Helmer got both hands on Emily Bogordos’s penalty kick but it slipped through and into the side of the net.
“Our intensity dropped (after Bogordos’s goal),” Andello said. “We told each other ‘This can’t happen. We’re not losing.’”
Kayla and Kendal Ziel each added a second goal in the second half to seal the win.
“After the first five games, when we won one of the first five, we really thought it was a time to take a step back,” Pflum said. “I think, honestly, this year, we focused on having a good time and working to get better. We changed our perspective to fit our personnel and it’s working for us right now.”
Munster will meet Chesterton in the South Bend Adams regional opener.