Munster splits in Zionsville

Updated: September 24, 2011 9:13PM

ZIONSVILLE — Munster boys’ soccer coach Jim Prasopoulos wasn’t overly pleased with his team’s effort at the Zionsville Classic on Saturday.

Munster (9-3-1) defeated Guerin Catholic, 3-1, in its first match; before losing to Class 2A No. 9 Penn, 1-0, in the second match of the day.

“I think we looked a little tired in the second game and that worries you a little bit,” Prasopoulos said. “We looked a little bit better earlier in the game with possessing the ball and moving the ball.

“I think we just our touches on the ball were not too good, and I’m questioning some of our effort out there, too.”

Prasopoulos hopes a similar effort doesn’t occur next week when Munster faces Class 1A No. 11 Andrean in a match that will decide the champion of the Northwest Crossroads Conference.

“This is a learning experience,” Prasopoulos said. “These tournaments get you ready for the bigger picture, which is how I’m looking at it.

“There was nothing big on the line (Saturday), just a little pride.”

After a scoreless first half, Penn scored the game’s only goal with just over 20 minutes remaining when Tyler Canarecci headed in a shot off a corner kick.

“Giving one up on a dead-ball is pretty tough,” Prasopoulos said. “Penn is a good team and we could have played a little bit better. We just had a really hard time with them defensively. We got scored on a dead-ball situation which is tough.”

Penn coach Ryan Leniski credited his team’s mental toughness, as the Kingsmen were playing their third match in less than 24 hours.

“I thought our boys really have a grit about them,” Leniski said. “They really seemed to rise to the moment. Just as it seemed the match would go scoreless, we were resilient enough to manage a way to score.”

Munster defeated Guerin Catholic, 3-1, in its first match of the event. Sam Smith and Peter Panos scored goals for the Mustangs, while the third goal was misdirected into the net by Guerin Catholic.

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