Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Crusader Boys Soccer

From today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 2,Waukesha North 0
Crusaders survive sloppy night

North misses opportunities
By Matthew Stevens Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Coach John Bisswurm described his team’s victory the same as Tuesday night’s weather – sloppy. Bisswurm’s Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team, which finished last year as the state’s Division 2 runner-up, got a goal in each half for a 2-0 conference-opening road victory at Waukesha North. “It was shakier than I’d like it to be, but right now it’s a solid win,” Bisswurm said. “We continue to be a work in progress right now, but that’s expected.”

Memorial fought through a drizzling rainstorm, a slick field and physical play from both squads that included five yellow cards. “We talked about the pitch being very wet out there and so we were going to have to get our body behind the ball,” Bisswurm said. “When the pressure builds, sometimes you get a more physical type of match.”

Memorial (3-1 overall, 1-0 in the Classic 8 Conference) scored in the 36th minute off a long run from Karl Kallio. The senior defender raced down the near sideline and beat two North defenders before his crossing shot beat Northstars keeper Keil Shibilski as Kallio was pulled to the ground. “I was just thrilled to get a goal because I was more surprised as anyone,” Kallio said. “I’m more of a defender usually, so I don’t expect to score at all.” Before Kallio scored, North was dominating ball possession, had more corner kicks and shots on goal and the Memorial halftime speech was about to be drastically different.

“We were struggling most of that first half and I give North credit for disrupting our possession,” Bisswurm said. “(Karl) got us jump-started there and I think everything seemed better after that.” While down a goal, the first five minutes of the second half basically defined North’s evening. The Northstars (1-2 overall, 0-1 in conference) had several opportunities to tie the score while attacking inside the Crusaders’ box, but simply couldn’t find the back of the net.

“It’s just so frustrating because when you have that many good chances, you have to put the ball away,” North head coach Seth Dehne said. “When you don’t against a good team, you can expect to get beat.” Memorial got the final goal of the game when junior Nate Craft crossed a ball from the far corner straight into the right foot of sophomore Pat McNulty, who deposited the pass straight into net.

“We lost nine players from last year’s team and we’re still trying to plug some of those holes,” Bisswurm said. North tried to salvage a goal late in the game by pushing its players up. The Northstars’ best chance in the final 10 minutes was on a cross by junior Tyler Birschbach that found Josh Malinowski, but was quickly gobbled up by Memorial keeper Tim Shore. It was the second diving save of the night for Shore.

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