from today's JSOnline.Com --
Crusaders get another shot at title
Catholic Memorial blanks Mount Horeb, 3-0, in state semifinal
By MARK FELDMANN
Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for the Catholic Memorial boys soccer team.
The Crusaders will play for the WIAA Division 2 state championship for the fourth season in a row after routing Mount Horeb, 3-0, in the semifinals Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park.
Memorial (18-6-1) will get a rematch Saturday against Fox Valley Lutheran, which beat the Crusaders, 1-0, in overtime to win the 2009 state title. The Foxes beat Plymouth, 2-0, in the other semifinal Friday.
"We have to finish what we came here to do," Memorial senior defender Eric Schoendorf said. "We have got a lot of business for losing the last three years, but we have worked hard to get back here. Now it's time to finish it."
Memorial got two goals from its leading scorer, junior Aaron Horvat, and dominated the Vikings (19-4-1), who were making their first appearance in the state tournament.
The Crusaders held an impressive edge in possession and limited Mount Horeb to five shots. The Vikings also had no answers for Horvat or Schoendorf.
In the 12th minute, Horvat found the back of the net with a wicked liner over the head of goalkeeper John Sielaff. Schoendorf was credited with the assist.
The duo almost connected for another score later in the half as Horvat sliced a ball right to Schoendorf. But the defender's header sailed left.
Horvat struck again in the 46th minute. James Masterson sent a long ball into the box, where Horvat jumped high and headed it past Sielaff for his second score.
In the 60th minute, junior Michael Schmidt converted Schoendorf's pretty slot pass into a goal to make it 3-0.
The Crusaders played for the Division 2 title the last three seasons, getting closer to the championship each year. In 2007, they lost to Green Bay Notre Dame, 5-3. In 2008, they lost to Notre Dame, 3-2. Last year, they lost to the Foxes in double overtime.
"We will see what tomorrow brings," Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. "We have taken the approach all year of one match at a time. We just need to play our game and take advantage of our opportunities when we get them."