Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Junior Alex Dobrinska scores the first goal in Catholic Memorial's game against Arrowhead. The Crusaders went on to shut out the Warhawks with a 2 - 0 victory on Tuesday night. The win gives the Crusaders a 3-3 record in conference play. Next conference game - at home against Waukesha North on October 5 at 6:30 pm.

from today's Waukesha Freeman --

CMH bounces back from bad loss Crusaders getting back to full strength

TOWN OF MERTON – What a difference a week made for the Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team. A week ago the Crusaders were missing six starters for various reasons and got hammered by Kettle Moraine by eight goals (9-1).

Memorial returned all but one of those players Tuesday and the Crusaders responded with a 2-0 Classic 8 Conference victory over second-place Arrowhead. The victory improved Memorial to 3-3 in league and 10-6-1 overall, while Arrowhead fell to 4-2 and 8-7-1. Memorial coach John Bisswurm has been pleased with how his team has played since the Kettle Moraine defeat.
“We played Friday and lost 2-1 to Menomonee Falls, but the play was getting better,” Bisswurm said. “We got two guys back that game and Saturday we tied Tosa West 0-0 and play improved there also. “Tonight was a lot better. When you have more of an assortment of players, it sure makes a big difference. That game is something that we’re not going to forget. We weren’t too happy about the way it was brought against us and it left a sour taste in our mouth. We’re going to use that going forward.”

After a scoreless first half, the Crusaders scored early in the second half to take a 1-0 lead when junior Mitchell Krismer centered a pass from the left side to junior Alex Dobrinska, who scored in the lower right of the goal in the 48th minute. “I made a diagonal run from the outside right and the goalie was to the left of the goal and I just buried it to the right,” Dobrinska said.

Dobrinska also admitted the bad loss to Kettle Moraine had made things more intense at practice. “We’ve been working so hard at practice and we’ve finally got just about everybody back from being injured,” Dobrinska said. “It really turned us around at practice. We’ve been working twice as hard and we’ve been determined since that game.” Memorial sealed the victory when Arrowhead was pushing everyone up looking for the tying goal in the final minutes and junior Aaron Horvat got past two Arrowhead defenders and scored on a breakaway at the 76:04 mark. “Aaron is still coming back from his injury so we are using him sparingly,” Bisswurm said. “(Junior) Ryan Allen didn’t play a lot either as he is just coming back also. I just can’t say enough about the other guys for picking up the slack and making it happen today.”

Arrowhead, which had a shot in the first half hit the left post, held a 10-1 advantage in corner kicks but was unable to capitalize on the opportunities. “(Memorial) played well and took away our strengths and they played to their strengths,” Arrowhead coach Jeff Staus said. “You do that at the varsity level and you’re going to win. They had more energy than us in the first half and it took us awhile mentally to get into the game. Once we did that we started doing some good things in the second half but we’ve got to bring it from the opening whistle. “We’ve been scoring on some dead sets the last couple of games and we generated some corners and that tells us we are getting in the final third, but against a team like Memorial, you’ve got to finish them.”

Sophomore Ryan Zingsheim got the shutout in goal for Memorial by saving four shots.

Photo courtesy of Eric Schoendorf's Facebook page.

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