Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Crusaders run away with another crown

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH completes undefeated year
TITLE MATCH Division 2
Mount Horeb 0
By Mark Hutchinson,
Freeman Staff

WAUKESHA – Mount Horeb fans were extremely supportive of their girls soccer team.

They applauded and yelled loudly every time the Vikings gained control of the ball or stopped a shot on goal during the WIAA Division 2 state high school championship match at Uihlein Soccer Park on Saturday.

That was all they had to cheer about, though, because of a dominant performance by Catholic Memorial.

The Crusaders outshot the Vikings 19-1 on their way to a 3-0 victory to capture their second consecutive state title – their sixth in 10 years – and complete a 23-0-1 season. Memorial also won three state private schools championships.

Freshman forward Emily Cervantes scored two goals and freshman midfielder Kelsey O’Brien accounted for the other. CMH coach John Burke was impressed with their achievements, but when he put this title into the context of the Crusaders’ others, he began with his seven 2013 graduates.

“We have extraordinary seniors ... great leadership,” Burke said. “We have one senior, Julie Fischer, who was lost for the season to an
ACL injury. She was one of the finest players in the state, and we were able to overcome losing her, in part because of our senior leadership.

“Our theme for today was, ‘We have to say goodbye to our seniors, so let’s make sure that the goodbye is the best possible one.’ At the very end of the match, we put all of our seniors in and they got to celebrate together.”

CMH senior defender Anna Jurken and senior midfielder Carina Krausert said their third state title conquest was different from their other two.

“It was a lot different being a senior,” Jurken said. “Either way, we knew this was going to be our seniors’ last game. We didn’t want to be coming off the field crying – unless they were tears of joy.”

Krausert felt a strong sense of urgency entering the championship rematch with Mount Horeb. The Crusaders defeated the Vikings 20 in the 2012 title match.

“There was a lot of pressure because it was our last game,” Krausert said. “Last year, we could say, ‘There’s always next year.’ But this year, for our seniors, it was our last one. It felt so good to go out with a win.”

Cervantes, who entered her first state tourney as the highest-scoring player in the field by a 19-goal margin with her 47 goals, scored unassisted at 5 minutes, 42 seconds.

“Playing in my first state championship match was a lot different than anything I’ve experienced because there was a lot more pressure,” Cervantes said. “But our seniors decided to make it fun, and it was a really great experience.”

Jurken said Cervantes’ early goal gave the Crusaders a boost.

“It helped us settle into the game and get us ready to move forward,” she said.

CMH entered intermission with a 2-0 lead after O’Brien scored on a Krausert assist at 33:12, and Cervantes provided an insurance goal at 44:13.

Burke put Cervantes’ phenomenal freshman season and her state tourney debut in perspective afterward.

“It’s not often that you encounter an artist on the soccer field,” the coach said. “Emily Cervantes is an artist. People who know soccer just sit back and enjoy watching her play.

“The fact that she’s only a freshman, I think, makes a lot of people who like watching beautiful soccer happy because they get to see her roaming the fields in Wisconsin for the next three years.”

The Crusaders had seven seniors, six juniors, six sophomores and six freshmen on their roster.

“One of the things coach Burke talks about a lot is we don’t distinguish between grade levels,” Jurken said. “We incorporate everyone into everything. That’s just the way we are.”

Cervantes looks forward to being more of a leader next season.

“Having played in the state tournament ... next year I can tell the freshmen, ‘I went through this last year and it was a lot of pressure, but once you step on the field and give 100 percent, you’ll be fine.’”


Photo credits:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman
Top: Catholic Memorial senior Shannon Weas fends off Mount Horeb senior Brooklyn Meyers in the first half Saturday.
Bottom: Catholic Memorial freshmen Emily Cervantes scores the game’s first goal against Mount Horeb junior keeper Maria Yanna early in the first half.

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