Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crusader Girls Soccer "Perfection"

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


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Memorial celebrates perfection
Cervantes scores four goals, gains high praise
By Tom Badger - Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – To be the champ, you have to beat the champ.

That’s exactly what the Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team did Tuesday night with a 5-1 victory over Waukesha West in the Classic 8 Conference season finale at West.

By knocking out two-time defending champion, the Crusaders finished the conference season with a 7-0 record.

Memorial freshman Emily Cervantes scored four goals in the game, earning the highest of praise from Crusaders coach John Burke.

“She’s an amazing talent,” Burke said of Cervantes. “She just goes out and scores a ton of goals – and she scored four tonight, which is extraordinary. Emily Cervantes is the best
prospect from the state of Wisconsin since Leslie Osborne. Someday, we’ll all be watching her on the U.S. national team. There’s no doubt about it.”

West finished 3-4 in league play and is 12-4 overall.

“Last Friday, we had an
epic comeback (against Whitefish Bay). This was just an epic self-destruction on our part,” West coach Dave Zindler said. “We’re young and we can do some really great things. But we’re young and we can do some really stupid things. It wasn’t so much that (the Crusaders) were physically better than we were. They were mentally better than we were. Giving up a goal in the first 90 seconds made us uncomfortable to say the least.”

Zindler pointed to his teams’ 18 fouls throughout as the difference with the first one leading to a free kick from in front of the Crusaders’ bench. Cervantes took her coach’s advice to get the shot on
goal. The long free kick was just over the outstretched arms of West’s keeper and just under the crossbar.

The Crusaders struck again in more conventional style when senior Carina Krausert sent a corner kick over a crowd in front of the net to Cervantes, who controlled, turned and fired a left-foot bullet to the right corner.

“I knew our seniors hadn’t won this game (against West) in the last three years so they got everybody ready – including me,” Cervantes said. “I just came out ready to play.”

West retaliated moments later with a goal by freshman Natalie Yass, and the first half ended 2-1 in favor of Memorial.

The Crusaders jumped on West early in the second half, too, as senior Courtney Farley made it 3-1 with just 2:30 gone.

“A shot was deflected off a girl at the top of the box and I just hit it with the big part of my foot,” said Farley, a midfielder. “The whole team was so pumped for this game and the goal helped us come out strong in the second half.”

Cervantes tacked on her third goal with 15 minutes left when she broke past the West defenders for a one-onone scoring opportunity. After breaking right and avoiding the Wolverines’ keeper, Cervantes drilled a shot to the left corner.

Late in the game, Cervantes scored on a penalty

Memorial junior Tori Hodorowski kept West’s top scoring threat, junior Katie Grall, in check throughout the match.

“We knew that West was going to come out trying to avoid a losing record in conference,”
Burke said. “I know that had to be a major motivator for them because I don’t know if they’ve ever finished 3-4 in conference before. So I’m sure that was part of the physical play that we saw. I told our team to just play our game and we’ll take the free kicks and try to make something of those.”

Memorial sophomore starters Nicole Piette and Haley Lange left the game with injuries and were both getting ice afterward.

“This is a credit to the girls,” Burke said. “They’ve worked incredibly hard since March to get to where they are.”
Photo credit:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman - Catholic Memorial’s Emily Cervantes, third from left, receives a group hug from her team after scoring the first goal of the game against Waukesha West on Tuesday. 

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