Thursday, August 22, 2013


From today's Waukesha Freeman - 

New Berlin West 1 

Fast start boosts Crusaders
Morris scores three goals

By Tony Mooren - Freeman Correspondent 

NEW BERLIN – One wouldn’t think finishing would be a topic of conversation by both coaches in a 4-1 boys soccer game.

But that was the case in a Catholic Memorial High School’s 4-1 nonconference victory over New Berlin West on Wednesday.

The Crusaders started fast with three goals in the first 11 minutes and 43 seconds of their season opener, then scored only one more goal despite a huge advantage in time of possession.

The Vikings had only seven quality possessions past midfield in the second half when they were attacking against the wind and yet two of those brief forays produced excellent – but empty – scoring opportunities.

CMH sophomore midfielder Connor Alba scored 4:17 into the game and junior forward Matt Morris
 added three goals in the next 32:28 – two of them in the first 11:43 of action for a 3-0 lead before West sophomore forward Josh Kryszewski scored the Vikings’ lone goal.

“To come out with this result is great, but we have to do a little better with our possessions. They have to be meaningful,” Memorial coach John Bisswurm said. “West got their feet under them a little after our first three goals and to their credit, they played hard the entire game.”

In fact, the teams played even in terms of score in the final 68 minutes.

But it was far too late for the Vikings, who played Watertown to a double overtime 0-0 draw Tuesday.

“We were tired, big time,” West coach Hansi Herzog said. We started slow and they pounced on us. We never woke up. I think we were shellshocked the first 20 minutes but then we settled down – and I mentioned that to the team after the game. We did have two good scoring chances in
 the second half, but we didn’t do a good job of finishing. It was the same as it was against Watertown. 

Alba, who was superb in getting to and then distributing the ball, tapped the ball back to senior Michael Benash from about 35 yards out and then received a return pass from Benash as he darted toward the goal for an angle shot from the left to the upper right post.

“I have a new role this year,” Alba said. “It’s like a second striker where I’m behind Morris and with him ahead of me, I can distribute the ball or go forward and take shots myself. They were pretty surprised that we came out so strong.”

Morris, who had a four-goal game for the Crusaders in the first round of the playoffs last season, made it 2-0 only 3:59 later. It was another shot from the left after a defender
 slipped at the 30-yard mark, leaving Morris alone for a oneon- one confrontation against senior goalie Alex Sibley and he converted.

Morris’ final goal came 2:55 before the end of the half on another run from the left side and a bullet shot.

“It’s a great way to start the season,” Morris said. “I really think that we surprised them a little bit, and Connor had a great shot to start us off. I didn’t expect to have a hat trick but I expected the team to do well.”

Counter attacks in the second half led to a good scoring chance by senior forward Reed Albinger that senior goalie Matthew Stout saved and another, one-on-one, by Kryszewski that sailed high.

“I wanted these back-to-back games,” Herzog said. “They build a team up and you find out what kind of character you have. If you come back, it shows character, right? But we were tired.”

West is now 0-1-1 and Memorial
 is 1-0. 

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