Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Freeman PREP BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW

from today's Waukesha Freeman - 

Catholic Memorial 

Crusaders more experienced 
CMH suffered growing pains in 2012
Freeman Staff 

WAUKESHA – There were some growing pains last season.


The Catholic Memorial High School boys soccer team had been to the WIAA Division 2 state title game in 2010 and 2011, winning a state championship the first time around.


But several players from those teams had graduated, and 2012 brought a lot of new faces to the program – which led the Crusaders to a 13-8 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the Classic 8 Conference.


“With just four seniors, it was tough,” longtime CMH coach John Bisswurm said. “There was a lot of retooling last year and learning experiences, and hopefully we are able to gain from that experience and move forward.”


Leading the Crusaders
 this season will be senior midfielder Mitchell Krismer, a first-team All-Classic 8 selection as a junior who was on the SC Waukesha U17 boys team that qualified for nationals this summer.

Other key returning players are senior midfielder Mike Benash, junior defender Joe Novak and junior midfielder Eric Brown. Bisswurm also is looking for sophomore Connor Alba to be a force up top.


“We’ve got a lot of guys returning from last year, guys who have got a lot of experience last year,” Bisswurm said. “We’re just looking to improve upon last year.”


With so many players returning from last season’s team, the Crusaders have settled into roles and are ready to make another push toward the state tournament.


“It’s going to be kind of an overall team effort this year with guys playing specific roles,” Bisswurm said. “With a lot of guys returning and having played last year, it’s going to be everyone pitching in to make things happen.”


The Crusaders lost second- team All-Classic 8 picks
 at goalkeeper (Ryan Zingsheim) and defender (Kasey Kallio), so defense will be a work in progress this season. 

“Those are some areas that we are concentrating on now,” Bisswurm said. “We need to kind of solidify the back and have people step up in those positions.”


Arrowhead won the Classic 8 Conference title last season, and Bisswurm sees the Warhawks battling with Muskego for the league title.
 Kettle Moraine, which has been to back-to-back Division 1 state title games, also should be in the mix.

“Muskego’s going to be really tough, and they have a lot coming back from last year,” Bisswurm said. “Kettle Moraine is going to be very tough, and Arrowhead.


“This conference, from top to bottom ... every week it’s going to be a tough opponent.”


Bisswurm was reluctant to predict a finish for his team. “We’ll see how things shake out at the end,” he said.


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