Thursday, July 8, 2010

CMH players, coach among soccer elite

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

WAUKESHA – The WIAA Division 2 state champion Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team had two players selected to the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State team. Junior defender Val Gonyo and junior forward Nikki Condit were each first-team picks for the Crusaders. CMH coach John Burke was named the private schools Coach of the Year by the WSCA.

Brookfield East senior forward Katie Reigle, who was named the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year, was also a first-team selection. Verona senior Alex Melin was named the state’s Player of the Year. Coaches Matt Heilman of Verona (large schools) and Nathan Laabs of New Holstein (small schools) also received Coach of the Year honors.
– Freeman Staff

More from the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association website --

Coach Burke's Crusaders culminated their season with the Division 2 State Championship and a final record of 23-2-2. John prepared the team for their post season run by setting a challenging schedule in which they went undefeated against within Wisconsin (20-0-2). Catholic Memorial was the Classic 8 Conference champions, as well as the Laura Moynihan Tournament champions. Under Coach Burke's watch, the team ended the season on a 21-game unbeaten streak and only gave up 1 goal in the post season. Over the course of their championship season, the team had a streak of 16 consecutive shutouts and 20 total. During his 16-year stay at Catholic Memorial, John now boasts an overall record of 342-34-25.

Off the pitch, Coach Burke takes pride in having a well rounded and philanthropic team. In January, the Crusaders earned their 10th consecutive NSCAA Academic Team Award and John's team held a 3.78 GPA. His girls also coached 18 TOPSoccer events during the school year, giving back to the soccer community.

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