Friday, June 11, 2010

GIRLS SOCCER ROUNDUP

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

DIVISION 2:
CMH 6
Pewaukee 0

Condit sparks Crusaders
Memorial a game away from state
By Jeff Hagenau Freeman Correspondent



WAUKESHA – Nikki Condit had a memorable afternoon.

Condit, a junior forward, scored three of her four goals in the first half to lead the top-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team to a 6-0 victory over second-seeded Pewaukee in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game at Waukesha South on Thursday.

Memorial, the top-ranked team in Division 2 which improved to 20-2-2 overall, advanced to face top-seeded Milwaukee Lutheran in a sectional championship game at Shorewood at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Milwaukee Lutheran outlasted thirdseeded New Berlin West in the other sectional semifinal, breaking a 1-1 tie by winning a shootout 3-1.

It was a school-record 15th consecutive shutout for Memorial, which scored three times in the first half to pull away.

Memorial, which captured the Classic 8 Conference outright title this season, has combined to outscore its three playoff opponents 30-0.

The Crusaders extended their consecutive game unbeaten streak to 19 games (including its two regular-season ties).

The contest remained scoreless at the end of the opening 18 minutes before Condit scored what proved to be the winning goal on an assist from junior defender Valerie Gonyo at the 19:04 mark.

“Our combination play and composure in the box were huge today,” said Condit, who also scored in the 29th, 35th and 54th minutes. “Throughout the game, we played unselfishly and made nice passes to create scoring opportunities. As that happened, we were able to take high-percentage shots in the box and finish. That was the biggest key to our success.

“Now we just have to maintain our focus, not get complacent and play aggressively each time we step on the field. We’ve finally established a consistent playing style so it was exciting to take another big step toward our ultimate goal.”

Senior midfielder Natalie Lechner and freshman forward Julie Fischer each added a goal for Memorial. Fischer, senior defender Ellen Chamberlin and freshman midfielder Ava Olson each had an assist for the Crusaders.

Junior goalkeeper Monica Gonyo and sophomore goalkeeper Greta Davis combined to help preserve a shutout.

After suffering a stinging 1-0 overtime-loss to Madison Edgewood in last year’s state finals, Memorial coach John Burke continues to stress the importance of not looking past anyone.

“We’re just trying to stay humble and take another step forward,” said Burke, who has guided his team to conference championships in 12 of the last 16 seasons. “The improvement since March has been extraordinary and breathtaking at times with the steady development of our two and three player combinations.”

Burke noted the interesting fact that his team had won two other important games by a 6-0 margin this season, including a pivotal key victory over Arrowhead and a conferencetitle clinching victory over Waukesha North in the regular-season league finale.

“Every game is big at this point of the season so we really want to approach each one with great intensity and care,” Burke added. “If we can continue to do that, we could go a long way in the tournament.”

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