Friday, June 7, 2013

SECTIONAL GIRLS SOCCER SEMIFINALS

from today's Waukesha Freeman -

CMH 4
Pius XI 1

Crusaders smash into finals

Grafton, which upset Pewaukee, last team in CMH’s way to state
 By Jeff Hagenau, Freeman Correspondent 




WAUKESHA – Emily Cervantes’ instinct took over.


  Cervantes, a freshman forward, scored what proved to be the winning goal on an assist from junior midfielder Cristina From in the 57th minute as the top-seeded Catholic Memorial High School girls soccer team defeated fourth-seeded Milwaukee Pius XI 4-1 in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal game at Carroll University’s Schneider Stadium on Thursday.


The defending state champion Crusaders, who improved to 20-0-1 overall, advanced to face third-seeded Grafton in a sectional final at Carroll at 2 p.m. Saturday.


Grafton upset second-seeded Pewaukee 2-0 in another sectional semifinal Thursday.


With the game tied 1-1 at halftime, battle-tested Memorial responded with three second-half goals to ensure a victory over its long-time private-school rival.


On the game-winner at the 57:47 minute-mark, Cervantes took possession on the left side, quickly dribbled
over the middle past two defenders and abruptly fired a strong 15-yard shot into the right corner of the net.

“I had a good feeling about
the shot as it left my foot,” said Cervantes, one of six freshmen on the roster. ” Cervantes was quick to point out that competing in the playoffs for the traditional state powerhouse Crusaders has been an honor.

“It’s great being a part of the winning tradition,” Cervantes said. “The experience has been amazing because of all the support and leadership of my teammates.”


Senior midfielder Carina Krausert scored two goals for the Classic 8 Conference champion Crusaders, who have captured state championships two of the past three seasons.


Krausert scored Memorial’s first goal off an assist by From in the seventh minute, and converted on a corner kick in the 60th minute.


“It could have potentially been the last game for the seniors so we didn’t want to see it end,” Krausert said. “We played with a real sense of urgency in the second half.”


Senior midfielder Courtney Farley added a goal on an assist by junior midfielder Erin Chiappetta in the 67th minute for the Crusaders, who outshot Pius 112.

Memorial coach John Burke praised his team’s tenacious, second-half effort.


Pius, which entered the contest with 11 shutouts and riding a three-game winning streak, hadn’t allowed four goals the entire season.


“Pius is an excellent team that doesn’t give up many goals so it was a remarkable accomplishment,” said Burke, who recently earned his 400th career victory for the Crusaders. “During the first half, we generated a lot of opportunities but didn’t attack with enough aggression in the final third of the field to finish. When we
focused on that aspect and made the adjustment, it instantly turned the game around in the second half. That, combined with an exceptional defensive effort, made the difference.”

Junior forward Ashley Pitrof scored off an assist from senior midfielder Susanna Krebs in the 28th minute to tie the game for Pius, which ended the season 13-7-1 overall.
 
Photo credit:  Robert F. Borkowski/Special to The Freeman Pius XI senior Kyra Porter and Catholic Memorial junior Cristina From collide going for the ball late in the second half Thursday at Carroll University.  ­

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