Marcel Munger has big plans for his senior season on Croswell-Lexington’s soccer team.
And, of course, there’s somewhat of a sibling rivalry attached to it.
In his high school grand finale, Marcel wants to break the single season scoring record set by his older brother, Anthony, who had 30 goals in 2012.
It certainly looked like Marcel had that mission in mind during Wednesday’s 8-0 win over Capac as he added five goals for the Pioneers. That puts him already at eight on the season in the team’s 2-1-2 overall start.
“I told him he needs to play every game with a high work rate,” his dad and Pioneers head coach Markus Munger said. “If he can do that the rest of our team can help support on the lines.”
Marcel got going early on, scoring a hat trick within the game’s first 15 minutes for an instant 3-0 Cros-Lex lead.
“I never really gave up on the ball,” Marcel said. “And I have my cousin Noah (Yankee) helping out there with three assists, so that helps. He was knocking them over the top for me.”
Pioneers freshman Ivan Zuniga knocked in the fourth goal of the game midway through the first half with the shot deflecting off Capac goalkeeper Jake Witt’s glove.
Capac did have a chance to score shortly after the Pioneers fourth goal, but Cros-Lex junior Trevor Tabin booted the ball away as it sat 15 yards in front of an open net.
“He’s really improved on the back line,” Marcel said of Tabin. “He’s really holding it down as center back.”
The cousin connection struck again as Yankee made it 5-0 in the first half off a corner kick by Marcel. Before halftime, Pioneers junior Gio Zuniga joined his brother in the scoring party with a goal to make it a 6-0 ballgame.
Capac made a few runs in the second half, but the Cros-Lex back line of Tabin, Tyler Castillo and Hunter Rankin helped goalkeeper Brendan Irwin keep the shutout alive.
Instead, on the other end, Marcel added his fourth goal minutes into the second half. He then iced the game shortly after a water break – a rule placed to give players a break with the heat – by chipping in his fifth goal to put the eight-goal deficit mercy rule into play.
“For us, it was just a matter of making good connections to our forward line,” Markus Munger Sr. said. “Defensively we’re still not right where we need to be, but it was a better game I’ve seen than our last two.”
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