Thursday, September 17, 2009

"He's been instrumental to our success."

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Senior midfielder Alden Bennett has led the Catholic Memorial soccer team to a 10-1 record this season.

Bennett’s era has been good for CMH soccer team
Senior’s goal: state title

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – It is not strictly a coincidence that the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team has advanced to the WIAA state tournament three straight years and that senior Alden Bennett has started for the team three straight years.

“He’s been instrumental to our success during that time,” Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. “He’s smart, he finds people in a position for them to score, he has a powerful and accurate shot, he’s very good on the ball and his skill level is second to none.” And that’s not just his coach talking. The skill level has been noticed by others, too. Bennett was a first-team all-Classic 8 Conference player last season and is drawing interest from several Division 1 schools: Marquette, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Illinois.

Soccer is, and always has been, Bennett’s sport, starting when he was about 2 years old as a tag-along with his older sister, Amber. “I was always hanging around my sister at practices. I wanted to be like her,” said Bennett, who lives in Sussex. He later joined elite teams and was on several State Cup champion teams. “I never had enough time to fully commit to another sport,” he said. “I stayed with soccer because it was fun: Just dribbling the ball and having the greatest feeling when the team is doing great, you’re setting things up, the team’s winning and you’re leading the way.”

Bennett began his career as a goalie and, in his words, has “worked my way up” to sweeper, midfielder and forward in subsequent years. He is currently a forward and midfielder, depending on games and matchups. “His shot is one of his biggest attributes, but he finds others, too,” Bisswurm said. “It’s been pretty even this year,” Bennett said of his positional play. “I like a quick game and two touches and as a center mid, I like to playmake.” Bennett scored more goals his sophomore season than last season, but his assist total went up last season.
“I didn’t think my numbers were as good last season as my sophomore year so I was kind of surprised to be named first team all-conference,” Bennett said. But again, others noticed his overall play as well as his coach. And he’s been a big part of Memorial’s success. Last year, when the Crusaders lost to Green Bay Notre Dame by one goal in the state championship game, Bennett went out with an injury early – a contusion between his calf and ankle.

“It’s my feeling that injury is really fueling his fire for this season,” Bisswurm said. “It was depressing going out in the third minute and not being able to come back,” Bennett admitted. “The last two years, getting to the state title game but not winning, have been depressing. One of my goals this season is to get back to the state championship game and this time actually win it.”

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