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from today's Waukesha Freeman --


Waukesha West 0

Unfulfilling result in battle of last season’s state runners-up

By Tony Mooren Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – The Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team will have to settle for a Classic 8 Conference unbeaten streak rather than a league winning streak. Waukesha West, the last team to beat the Crusaders in conference play during the 2007 season, ended Memorial’s 20-game league winning streak Tuesday at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium. But the Wolverines couldn’t beat Memorial in a matchup featuring two WIAA state runners-up from last season: West in Division 1 and Memorial in Division 2.

The game ended in a 0-0 tie after two overtimes and 100 minutes of play. Memorial is now 2-0-1 in league and 8-2-1 overall, while West is 1-0-2 in league and 5-2-3 overall. It was the second 0-0 league tie of the season for West. The other was against Arrowhead, also at Schneider Stadium. The tie did West no favors. “We need help now,” West coach Dave Zindler admitted. “It was a well played, emotionally laden game that probably should have ended in a tie – and it did.” Memorial coach John Burke wasn’t as sure about the tie being a deserved result. “I told the girls that they created chances, but just didn’t put them away,” he said. “But that’s exactly what we wanted to do and we also wanted to prevent them from getting a lot of chances against our keeper, which we also did.”

The Crusaders had four starting players – seniors Natalie Lechner, junior Nikki Condit, sophomore Ava Olson and freshman Julie Fischer – exit the game because of injuries, which created some real problems. “All right, now what?” Burke said of his reaction to the injuries. “We had a lot of players in different positions as a result, and losing Lechner was huge. Her speed lets us do so many things.” Fischer’s loss also hurt. She left the game with 12:54 remaining in regulation and Memorial’s attack suffered without her speed on the edge.

“They look to go over the top and to Fischer up the side to serve across,” Zindler said. “They’re so gifted up top that they’re able to put a lot of players back defensively.” Memorial’s speed created probably the best three scoring chances of the game: a shot by junior Valerie Gonyo early in the game in which West junior goalie Stephanie Hendren made a nice save; a cross to senior Kelsie Golabowski that was cleared off the line by junior Lauren Rogahn early in the second half; and a shot by Gonyo that hit the crossbar with 2:40 remaining in the first overtime. “It was certainly entertaining to watch, I’m sure, and it was so much fun to play because the energy level was so high and we knew that we needed to come out and be intense right away,” Memorial senior co-captain Ellen Chamberlin said. “We didn’t want to give them many shots and we didn’t and I think we were a little unlucky on our shots.”

Burke credited Chamberlin and his captains for helping to get the team up for the game, but despite a superior overall record against West in the history of the Classic 8, last year’s game was 0-0 until the final 10 minutes (Memorial eventually won 2-1) and the two games before that were 1-0 contests – Memorial winning in 2008 and West in 2007. Add that to the fact the teams were state runnersup last season and the job of getting players up for the game probably wasn’t too difficult...

Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Waukesha West’s Leah Seib, left, and Catholic Memorial’s Milena Uzelac compete for the ball in the first half Tuesday at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium.

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