Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Girls Soccer - Sectional Champs for 8th straight time!

from today's Waukesha Freeman -


Senior, freshman help produce sectional title CMH heading to state for eighth straight year

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  3 p.m. Friday WIAA state tournament Division 2 semifinals  Catholic Memorial vs. Ashland

Freeman Correspondent

WAUKESHA – Senior leadership and freshman talent.

Those are the two keys that have Catholic Memorial High School back in the WIAA Division 2 state girls soccer tournament.

Senior Carina Krausert and freshman Emily Cervantes each scored a goal as the undefeated Crusaders won 2-1 over Grafton in Saturday’s sectional championship game at Carroll University.

The Crusaders play Ashland in the state semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday at Uihlein Soccer Park.

Krausert, who had played in the midfield all season but was moved to forward Saturday because of injuries, opened the scoring with 10:54 left in the first half.

After four consecutive Grafton corner kicks in two minutes failed to produce a goal, Catholic Memorial sophomore goalkeeper Cassidy Lentz sent a goal kick toward midfield. Krausert corralled the bouncing ball, dribbled into the box and scored on a left-footed shot that travelled across the face of the goal and into the right side of the net.

“She had probably 18 inches to slot that ball in under all that pressure, with a kid on her shoulder,” Catholic Memorial coach John Burke said.

Burke also gave credit to his midfielders for the goal.

“It was the challenge in the midfield that really sprung Carina,” he said. “Cristina From is just a warrior in the midfield. She couldn’t practice (Friday) but came out and played 80 minutes

Lentz picked up a rare goalkeeper assist on the play.

“I’ve never scored on an assist from the keeper,” Krausert said. “Cassidy’s really excited about that one.”

The Crusaders won the possession battle in the first half, putting eight shots on goal to Grafton’s one, an unthreatening long-distance attempt.

Grafton came out aggressively in the second half, generating a series of early scoring opportunities, but it was Catholic Memorial that scored the next goal, and this time it came off the foot of a freshman.

Cervantes, who established herself as the fastest player on the field in the first half, took the ball down the left sideline in transition, cut back in front of the goal to create space and fired a right-footed strike just under the crossbar from 25 yards out to make the score 2-0.

“Emily Cervantes is showing that she is one of the premier players who has ever come through this state,” Burke said, “Taking that ball and essentially dribbling past the entire Grafton team and putting it away.”

Grafton pulled back within one 30 seconds later when senior Haley Orlowski scored.

“If that doesn’t happen, it’s not as exciting,” Burke said.

The goal reenergized
Grafton’s fans, and the Black Hawks put the pressure on until the final buzzer, but the strong Catholic Memorial defense prevented them from scoring an equalizer.

Saturday’s victory granted the Crusaders, 21-01, a berth in the state tournament for the eighth straight year.

Burke has coached at Memorial for 19 years with a 403-45 record.

“Here’s a program that has won eight state titles,” he said. “It’s not magic. These kids work phenomenally hard from the very beginning in March through now.”

For Burke’s players, it’s team chemistry that fuels the desire to win.

“I didn’t want this to end,” Krausert said. “I love all these girls. They’re my family. There’s nothing I wanted more than to go to state and hopefully to win state. I’ve just got to put my heart into the whole entire game.”

Cervantes has taken her cue from the seniors.

“Carina Krausert and Courtney (Farley) and all the seniors have been really supportive, and I just play for them the whole game.” she said.

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